Mali: 37 civilians killed in attack

Mopti [Mali]: Around 37 civilians, including women and children, were killed in a gruesome attack in Koulogon village here.

Unidentified assailants, who were dressed as traditional Dozo hunters, opened fire on the village, Anadolu Agency reported while quoting the government. All the deceased civilians belong to the Fulani ethnic group.

Earlier, soldiers had been stationed in the village from December 22 to 31 due to threats received by the village headman.

A failed military coup in Mali in 2012 by the Tuareg ethnic group has led to the spread of militant groups in northern Mali, who have links to Al-Qaeda.