Updated: February 24, 2021
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has joined the UN Security Council President, Francois Delattre, to condemn the brutal killing on Saturday of at least 134 people in Mali.
The ethnic Dogon militia, already blamed for scores of massacres in central Mali over the past year, attacked Peuhl village just before dawn on Saturday.
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The UN security council President described the killings as an “unspeakable attack”.
The AU chair called for an investigation into the massacre and punishment for the perpetrators.
Horrifying video of the massacre promoted several human rights movements to urge the Malian government to launch an investigation and pre-empt any further attacks.
Reports from Mali said the brutal killings occurred in Welingara in the Mopti region on the central part of Mali.
Condemning the attack, the Chairperson of the AU underlined the need to do everything possible to identify the perpetrators of this despicable attack and bring them to justice.
“It is crucial that strong measures be taken to address the root causes of this violence, the persistence of which can only further complicate ongoing efforts to promote peace and stability,” an AU statement said.
According to the Associated Press, Islamic extremists were ousted from urban centers in northern Mali during a 2013 French-led military operation.
The jihadists scattered throughout the rural areas, regrouped and began launching numerous attacks against the Malian military and the U.N. mission.
Since 2015, AP says, extremism has edged all the way to central Mali where it has exacerbated tensions between the Dogon and Peuhl groups.
Members of the Dogon group accuse the Peulhs of supporting these jihadists linked to violent groups in the country’s north and beyond. Peulhs have in turn accused the Dogon of supporting the Malian army in its effort to stamp out extremism.