More than 130 people were killed in an attack on a Fulani village in central Mali on Saturday, the United Nations has said, as a delegation visited the country.
Survivors accused traditional Donzo hunters of carrying out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, according to Boubacar Kane, the governor of Bankass district which covers the village.
“The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, have been killed,” Farhan Haq, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a statement, adding that the UN chief called on Malian authorities “to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice”.
The attack was launched at dawn on Saturday in the village near the border with Burkina Faso, according to local officials. The district has been the scene of frequent intercommunal violence.
Witnesses told AFP news agency the attackers burned down nearly all the huts in the village.