At least 134 Fulani Ethnic People were killed in an attack on a village in a central Mali on Saturday when a group of gunmen attacked the village, becoming the deadliest attack ever in the region, said a local mayor.
According to Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass, the gunmen disguised as traditional Donzo Hunters, encircled the viillage in Ogossagou in the Mopti region and attacked their homes at about 4 a.m. (0400 GMT).
The assaults on the village of Ogossagou and Welingara took place as a U.N. 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.
The Fulani People are accused of having ties with Jihadist groups.
One Ogossagou resident, who asked not to be identified, told reuters that the attack appeared to be in retaliation for an al Qaeda affiliate’s claim of responsibility on Friday for a raid last week that killed 23 soldiers.
Security sources said the dead included pregnant women, children and elderly people.