US Expresses Concerns over Massacre in Mali

The US State Department said it was following “extremely troubling” accounts of killings in central Mali.

The Malian military announced on Friday that it has killed 203 fighters in an operation in the Moura area of extremist-infested central Mali between March 21 and March 31.

The US State Department urged Mali’s interim government, which is dominated by the army, to enable the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, known as Minusma, to investigate.

The State Department claimed that failure to investigate will foster divisions, smear the army’s credibility, and “drive communities into the hands of violent extremist groups.”

Mali has struggled to contain an extremist insurgency that began in 2012 and extended to Burkina Faso and Niger, where thousands of military and civilians have been slain in the fighting.

The UN peacekeeping operation Minusma also expressed “grave concern” about the claims of violence against civilians in Moura.

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