The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) strongly condemned these “heinous acts” which constitute serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
“In application of its human rights mandate, MINUSMA will conduct an investigation into the precise circumstances of these attacks”, indicated the UN Mission, noting that it will be a question of “supporting the competent Malian authorities in their efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of these heinous acts”.
More than 130 civilians have been killed in central Mali in attacks attributed to Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists, one of the country’s worst known massacres and the latest in an ongoing series of killings across the country. Sahel. The government reported Monday, June 20 of 132 deaths which it attributed to the Katiba Macina of the Fulani preacher Amadou Kouffa, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
Colonel Assimi Goïta has declared three days of national mourning
“MINUSMA learned with dismay of the attacks perpetrated by extremist groups against several villages in the Bandiagara region, in central Mali, on June 18 and 19, 2022,” the UN said, adding that more than a hundred civilians were killed. And several homes and shops were set on fire. “These attacks also caused the forced displacement of several hundred civilians,” the UN mission said.
The media have reported scenes of killings by armed men in Diallassagou and two surrounding localities in the circle of Bankass in the center of the country, one of the main centers of violence that has bloodied the Sahel for years. “Similarly, the Mission assisted in the evacuation of wounded to the town of Sévaré,” the UN noted.
According to MINUSMA, other “concrete measures” are envisaged to support the efforts of the Malian authorities aimed at assisting the populations and strengthening their security. More generally, the Mission will continue “the action undertaken to help stabilize the center of Mali”, which is “one of its strategic priorities”.
Following these tragic events, the Head of State, Colonel Assimi Goïta, decreed three days of national mourning on Monday.
Attacks in Gao also caused the death of dozens of civilians
In addition, the UN Mission reported other attacks, which also took place in several localities in the Gao region, causing “the death of dozens of civilians, as well as the displacement of populations fleeing insecurity”.
Among the specific measures underway to deal with the resurgence of attacks against civilian populations in the Gao region, the UN intends to follow up on actions launched several weeks ago. These were put in place “after extremist groups committed serious abuses in the region, particularly in the circle of Ansongo”.
More broadly, MINUSMA insisted on its determination “to provide any other support that the Malian authorities may need, including the deployment of additional resources in the areas affected by the violence”. “It is more than ever necessary to intensify efforts to ensure better protection of civilian populations and, to this end, to mobilize all available resources and ensure their judicious use”, concluded in a press release, Olivier Salgado, MINUSMA spokesperson.