21 civilians were killed in an armed attack in central Mali

At least 21 civilians were killed and others injured Saturday in an attack carried out by gunmen on a village in the Moeti region of central Mali, according to two local sources.

The two sources, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that an unidentified armed group attacked the village of Yaro in the afternoon hours near the town of Bandiagara.

One of the sources said, “This incident witnessed a real tragedy, as gunmen entered the village and opened fire on the people, and the number of dead and wounded ranged between 20 and 30 people.”

The second source confirmed that the announced death toll reached 21, including women, while 11 others were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

The West African country is facing violent attacks from elements linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, which penetrated the north of the country after a rebellion organized by Tuareg armed groups in 2012.

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