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Mali: 18 dead in attacks in the north and center of the country

AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

At least 18 people were killed on Saturday in separate attacks in areas of Gao in the north and Bandiagara in central Mali.

Ten fighters of the sedentary movements of the Wabaria security post at the entrance to the town of Gao in northern Mali were killed on Saturday in an attack carried out by armed men, said Mohamed Attayoub Sidibé, responsible for the movement of self-defense Ganda-Izo and spokesperson for the Inclusiveness Movement.

“The security post of the sedentary movements of Wabaria was attacked by the Imakalkalane of Ebang Emalane in retaliation for the death of one of theirs who was allegedly killed by a young of the sedentary movements”, announced Mohamed Attayoub Sidibé spokesperson of the Inclusiveness Movement.

“Our fighters were sitting grouped together when the attackers came and automatically opened fire on them. 10 were killed, but it should be remembered that the victims are distributed among all the sedentary movements, ”explained the same source.

Mohamed Attayoub Sidibé also said that 3 attackers were killed in the response of elements from the Wabaria post.

At the same time 5 dozo hunters were killed and 8 wounded including 3 civilians, in the villages of Dourou and Tilé respectively in the communes of Dourou and Doucoumbo region of Bandiagara (center), the Anadolu Agency learned from the president of the Council of the circle. and the mayor of the municipality of Dourou.

“Armed men came very early in the morning, they besieged the village of Dourou, 2 dozo hunters died and three other civilians were wounded. 5 motorcycles were set on fire, granaries and houses set on fire and animals carried away (sheep and goats), ”said Oumar Sagara, mayor of the rural commune of Dourou.

“This is the umpteenth attack, the last date of July 5 where there were 6 deaths”, regrets the first municipal official.

Confirmed statements N’Dinde Ongoiba President of the Bandiagara Circle Council who also added that unidentified heavily armed men had attacked the village of Tilé in the Doucoumbo, still in the Bandiagara region.

“During this attack on Tilé, 3 Dozo hunters were killed and 5 others wounded. The attackers also set fire to granaries, ”deplores N’Dinde Ongoiba, president of the Bandiagara Circle Council.

“Defense is the sovereign duty of the State. We ask the State to secure people and their property, ”said the municipal official.

Since 2012, Mali has been facing a security crisis fueled by separatist claims and terrorist attacks, particularly in the north and center of the country.

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