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Suspected jihadists kill 30 civilians in central Mali



Suspected jihadists killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a tourist vehicle in the volatile town of Mopti in central Mali, local officials said on Saturday.

“The passengers were sprayed with bullets and the vehicle set on fire” during an attack by “terrorists” near the town of Bandiagara on Friday, officials told AFP.

“The state sent security forces to the scene,” they said on condition of anonymity.

An elected official from Bandiagara confirmed the death toll, saying the victims included women and children.

The attack was not claimed by any of the many armed groups active in the West African country.

Mali is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that first erupted in the north in 2012 and has since claimed thousands of lives among the military and civilians.

Despite the presence of thousands of French and UN soldiers, the conflict engulfed central Mali and spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Central Mali has become one of the most violent hot spots of the Sahel-wide conflict, where ethnic killings and attacks on government forces are common.

A military coup last year, sparked by mass protests against the ongoing violence, failed to stem the bloodshed.

Suspected jihadists kill 30 civilians in central Mali

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