130 Muslims killed in Mali
Not only white supremacists are attacking Muslims as reported in this article published by Reuters. However, it would be fair to say that this incident is not related to the NZ Mosque shooting. But it does highlight that yet another mass murder incident does involves Muslims, bearing in mind that ‘Islam is the religion of peace’.
A group of gunmen who disguised themselves as traditional hunters have surrounded a Mali village and killed at least 134 Fulani herders. It was the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence. The Fulani ethnic group are semi-nomadic, primarily Muslim and live in various West African nations.
More than 130 people from Muslim ethnic group killed in Mali
Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass, said armed men, dressed as traditional Donzo hunters, encircled and attacked Ogossagou.
“We are provisionally at 134 bodies recovered by the gendarmes [military police],” Mr Guindo said.
He said another nearby Fulani village, Welingara, had also been attacked, causing “a number” of deaths, but he did not yet know how many.
Security sources said the dead included pregnant women, children and elderly people.
The armed attacks took place as a United Nations Security Council mission visited Mali seeking solutions to violence that killed hundreds of civilians last year and is spreading across West Africa’s Sahel region.
One Ogossagou resident, who asked not to be identified, said the attack appeared to be in retaliation, after an Al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for a raid last week that killed 23 soldiers.
That group said that raid was payback for violence by Mali’s army and militiamen against the Fulani.
Jihadist groups linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited ethnic rivalries in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger in recent years to boost recruitment and render vast swathes of territory virtually ungovernable.