ISIS kills 40 civilians in northern Mali

About 40 civilians were killed this week when armed insurgents simultaneously attacked several villages in the northern Mali region, media reports said Friday.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): About 40 civilians were killed this week when armed insurgents simultaneously attacked several villages in the northern Mali region, media reports said Friday.

“Several armed men, probably from terror groups, attacked several villages in the rural commune of Tessit, in the Gao region, killing about 40 civilians,” the Abamako newspaper reported, citing authorities.

The attackers, riding on about 50 motorcycles, raided six villages including Tadjalate, Tazime, Keygouroutane, Marsi, Bakane and Abagazoz.

The attackers are believed to be from Al-Qaeda-linked Group believed to be led by Malian Tuareg leader Iyad Ag Ghaly.

The report said the death toll could be higher because information was scanty based on the remoteness of the area.

One survivor told reporters that bodies were scattered in different places.

“But what is certain, before fleeing the scene, I counted more than 45 dead without those people reported missing,” the survivor said.

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