Nearly 100 killed in Mali village attack, official says

At least 95 people were killed in a central Mali village on Sunday in an overnight attack, the government said.

The attack occurred in the ethnic Dogon village of Sobane, Interior Security ministry spokesman Amadou Sangho told The Associated Press.

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Close to 100 people were killed, and another 19 people were reported missing.

At least 95 people were killed in a central Mali village on Sunday, the government said.<br data-cke-eol="1">

At least 95 people were killed in a central Mali village on Sunday, the government said.<br data-cke-eol="1"> (iStock)

No one immediately claimed responsibility for eh attack, which comes amid rising tensions between ethnic Dogons and ethnic Peuhls, who had threatened reprisal attacks following a massacre earlier this year.

An ethnic Dogon militia was blamed for that attack on the Peuhl village of Ogossagou that killed more than 150 people in March.

Youssouf Toloba, who leads the Dogon militia known as Dan Na Ambassagou, has denied that his fighters carried out the March bloodshed. Some Peuhl leaders, however, have vowed to carry out reprisal attacks.

The Peuhl are accused of working alongside jihadists from the Islamic State of Greater Sahara organization to attack Dogon villages and prevent residents from cultivating their land.

The Peuhl, in turn, have alleged that the Dogons are collaborating with Mali's military though there is no conclusive sign of state support.

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The violence is exacerbated by the presence of Islamic extremists in the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.