- Most of those who lost their lives in the attack were women who were going to work in the market.
- Mayor Hussaini Sai said, “The truck caught fire and 31 people died due to the firing.”
- In August, 40 people were killed by gunmen in several villages in northern Mali.
Bamako: Unknown gunmen attacked a truck carrying civilians in central Mali, killing at least 31 people. It is feared that this attack on Saturday was carried out by jihadi terrorists. Hosseini Sai, the mayor of Bandiajara, said the attack took place on Friday, about 10 kilometers from the town, when the truck was carrying about 50 passengers. Most of those who lost their lives in the attack were women who were going to work in the market.
‘Most died of burns’
Mayor Hussaini Sai said, “The truck caught fire and 31 people died due to the firing.” Most of the deaths were due to burns. Apart from this, many people were injured while two are missing. Earlier in August, gunmen attacked several villages in northern Mali and killed at least 40 people in retaliation for the recent arrests of several jihadist leaders. The violence took place in the violence-hit region near the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group are active.
Terrorists call themselves jihadis
Local official Oumar Sisse said the attackers reached between the Otagouna and Karau communities and identified themselves as jihadists. “Most of the victims were in front of their homes, others were going to the mosque,” he said. The attack comes a week after Mali’s military arrested two jihadist leaders who were condemned by residents of Outagouna and Karau. Extremists have been a threat to the region for years. Jihadist rebels first captured cities in northern Mali in 2012, though they were soon driven out of the cities.