Amnesty International report: Malian soldiers committed human rights abuses, killed civilians

An international human rights group says it has documented cases of the Malian military killing civilians and says other people have disappeared since the conflict began.

In a report released Friday, Amnesty International cited witnesses saying the Malian army had arrested more than 24 civilians on the eve of the French-led intervention on Jan. 11.

Amnesty says it is feared that many were later killed by soldiers and some bodies were thrown down a well in Sevare. The Associated Press had earlier reported killings of civilians by the Malian army in Sevare.

The Malian government has promised to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by its soldiers.

France has said that it wants to hand over responsibility to the Malian army and other African counterparts.