06 Aug 2022, 23:39

Suspected jihadists kill 12 civilians in Mali bomb trap

BAMAKO, Aug  6, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - At least 12 civilians have been killed in 
Mali by suspected jihadists who lured victims into a bomb attack, two elected 
officials and a police source told AFP on Saturday.
 "The jihadists first killed two civilians in Ouakan (a town near Bankass in 
central Mali) before rigging their bodies" with explosives, an elected official 
from a nearby town told AFP on condition of anonymity. 
 "When the parents and relatives of those killed came to look for the 
bodies, there was an explosion and at least ten other people were killed," the 
person said. 
Another elected official in the region confirmed the reports of the Friday 
attack, saying "several other civilians are currently missing in Ouakan".
"The bodies of the two civilians were rigged by the jihadists", the 
official said. "They exploded when their parents and relatives came to look for 
the two bodies -- there are at least a dozen dead".
 On Saturday, several dozen civilians from Ouakan left their homes to take 
refuge in surrounding villages, fearing further attacks, several witnesses told 
A regional police official told AFP "arrangements are being made to ensure 
the safety of the local population" and would be put in place from today.
 "The jihadists are increasingly using criminal methods", he went on. "They 
rigged bodies in Ouakan, which were later blown up".
 Mali, epicentre of a bloody 10-year-old jihadist campaign across the 
region, underwent coups in August 2020 and May 2021, creating a political 
crisis to coincide with the security crisis


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