Multiple report suggest that one hundred and thirty-two (132) civilians have been killed by a terrorist group in Mali.
Colonel Assimi Goitta, spokesperson of the Malian government, confirmed the sad news to the media.
He noted that, Macina Liberation Front, an Islamist jihad group founded in 2015 were behind the unfortunate attack.
The Malian government said the attack occurred on the June 18th to 19th midnight – where the group attacked villages in the Bandiagara region, killing defenseless and unarmed civilians.
“The government of the Republic of Mali has the deep regret to inform that the peaceful populations of the villages of Diallassagou, Dianweli, Deguessagou and surroundings in the circle of Bankass were the object of cowardly and barbaric terrorist attacks, in the night from June 18 to 19, 2022,” Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, addressed in a press release.
Maiga noted that “the cumulative toll shows 132 civilians coldly killed by the Katiba fighters of Macina of Amadou Kouffa, several of whom, among the perpetrators, have been formally identified”.
The government “reassures that all measures will be taken to find and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice”, confirming that the protection of people will be their “absolute priority”.