#Military reinforcement in central Mali

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The Malian army reinforced Wednesday its presence around two Dogon villages in the center of the country attacked Monday, it was learned from concordant sources, while residents reported the use of many motorcycles in the deadly raids.

Since the emergence in 2015 in central Mali of the jihadist group of preacher Amadou Koufa, recruiting primarily among the Fulani, traditionally breeders, the clashes between the community and the Bambara and Dogon ethnic groups, mainly engaged in agriculture, have increased. created their “self-defense groups”.

The villages of Gangafani and Yoro, near the border with Burkina Faso, were hit Monday night by “terrorist attacks” that left 38 dead and many injured, said Tuesday night the government in an “official interim record”.

“A contingent of defense and security forces has been dispatched to the scene to secure the people and their property, and hunt down the perpetrators of these attacks,” the government added.

According to an elected representative of the region, “the situation was calm at night. But after an event like this, people are obviously afraid. ”

“We learned that the army would strengthen its presence today in the area. This is a good thing if it happens, “said this elected to AFP on condition of anonymity.

A retired civil servant living in the Koro district, on which administratively the two attacked villages depend, Amidou Maïga was astonished that the attackers could arrive massively by motorbike, in spite of the restrictions of circulation in the zone.

“The Malian president only last week has still banned motorcycle traffic. But the attackers have arrived at more than 100 motorcycles. So we have to strengthen security, “he said.

“People are scared. There is an advanced military post within 30 km of Yoro. it must be strengthened, “he said.

During a trip to the Dogon village of Sobane Da, near Bandiagara, where an attack on June 9 killed 35 people, including 24 children, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced the ban on the circulation of motorcycles in several localities of the area.

Measures of this type have already been imposed several times in areas of central Mali to prevent attacks.

The violence that has plagued this region for four years culminated in the massacre on March 23, attributed to dogon hunters, of some 160 Fulani in the village of Ogossagou, near the border with Burkina Faso.

AFP

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