BY A STAFF REPORTER: About 30 people were killed in attacks on two villages in central Mali over the weekend, the mayor of the rural commune said on Monday. However, he did not say who was responsible for the attack. Militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State have frequently carried out attacks on the army and civilians in the West African country.
Bankas Mayor Moulay Guindo said the attacks began on Saturday in the villages of Ogota and Oimbe in Bankas Circle in the Mopti region. Armed men broke in, surrounded and attacked the adjacent villages of Ogota and Oimbe. They opened fire on people and set houses on fire. The death toll is much higher, with about 30 people dead, including women, men and children. Both villages were completely destroyed and burned.