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POST TIME: 14 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Several dozen killed near Mali’s border with Niger
AFP, Bamako

Several dozen killed near Mali’s border with Niger

Several dozen civilians have been shot dead by gunmen who raided an area in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger, local officials and a Touareg self-defence group told AFP yesterday. The attack, which took place early Wednesday, occurred in an area which has been badly hit by jihadist violence that has claimed several hundred lives this year, most of them civilians of Touareg or Peul ethnicity. "Gunmen riding on motorbikes raided many areas in the southern part of the Menaka region and executed civilians from the (Touareg) Idaksahak community," said the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), which spoke of 47 people killed. Local officials, who confirmed the attack, put the number of dead at several dozen but said they couldn't. The MSA, part of a Touareg rebellion movement in the north, said the assailants headed for the Niger border after first setting a bushfire.