Officials say attack targeted a Fulani village in volatile Mopti region where Fulani herders and Dogon hunters occasionally clash.
Thirty-one people – mostly Fulani herders – were apparently killed by Dogon hunters, a local official says. Nine soldiers were killed in a separate attack in central Gao region.
At least 456 people were killed in central Mali last year, and hundreds more were wounded, says Human Rights Watch.
Armed men on motorbikes, wearing garb of traditional hunters known as Dozo, attack Siba village in central Mali, killing 13 men and one girl, UN says.
Assailants strike two ethnic Dogon villages of Yoro and Gangafani 2, a local mayor says, a week after some 100 villagers were killed in Sobane-Kou village, part of ethnic reprisal attacks plaguing central Mali.
Malian authorities revised the death toll down to 35 from a previous estimate of 95. On Monday, a militant group massacred villagers from the Dogon ethnic group in southern Mali.
Attackers raided a Dogon village overnight, burning cattle and houses to the ground, authorities say, an attack that comes less than three months after nearly 160 members of the Fulani ethnic group were slaughtered by a group identified as Dogon.
Attackers dressed as traditional Dogon hunters targeted Fulani herders in the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara in Mopti region, officials say.
The government says the attackers, who were dressed as traditional Donzo hunters, raided the village of Koulogon in the central Mopti region and that some of the victims were children.
Traditional Dozo hunters are blamed for the attack in which it is alleged that they entered the central Malian village and separated ethnic Fulani people before murdering them, local authorities say.
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