Assault on Mali camp for individuals fleeing violence kills 11

An assault by suspected Islamic extremists on a camp exterior Gao housing individuals who had beforehand fled violence in northern Mali left 11 individuals useless, authorities mentioned Thursday.

The raiders additionally destroyed the camp’s meals reserves and stole all of the livestock, former Gao mayor Sadou Diallo mentioned.

The UN confirmed Monday’s assault in an announcement, though authorities within the Gao area haven’t but reported it.

“These (internally displaced individuals) fleeing insecurity are doubly affected by the violence of this assault, additional exacerbating their vulnerability,” UN humanitarian coordinator Alain Noudehou mentioned.

There was no fast declare of accountability however the assault bears the hallmarks of militants linked to the Islamic State within the Better Sahara group, which has focused civilians within the Gao and Menaka areas.

The assault close to Gao comes amid rising fears about extremist violence in Mali following the withdrawal of French forces earlier this yr after 9 years of serving to battle militants within the West African nation. The departure from France got here amid deteriorating relations with the colonel. Assimi Goita, who took energy in Mali two years in the past.

Goita turned more and more remoted from Mali’s solely worldwide companions. The UK just lately introduced it might withdraw its 300 peacekeepers from Mali, saying the nation’s rising reliance on Russian mercenaries is undermining stability.

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