Gunmen Disguised As Hunters Kill 134 Men, Women And Children
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sacked and replaced two generals on Sunday March 24 after gunmen killed 134 Fulani herders in a surge of violence in the country.
A massacre of civilians at the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara on Saturday March 23, left the charred bodies of women and children smouldering in their homes.
The horrific act has shocked a population long inured to gratuitous killing.
Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass, said armed men, dressed as traditional Donzo hunters, encircled and attacked Ogossagou at about 4 a.m.
A video obtained by Reuters showed the aftermath of the attack with rubble scattered on the ground and charred vehicles still burning.
Malians have grown increasingly frustrated by the failure of government forces to protect them from both jihadist onslaughts and ethnic reprisals.