“Gunmen opened fire on a minibus“Tuesday afternoon between Bandiagara and Bankass (Mopti region), told AFP the administrative manager in this area of central Mali.
He also lamented “eight seriously injured including three children and four survivors”.
The number of passengers in the minibus was not specified.
The attack and the toll were confirmed to AFP on Wednesday by a source at the Ministry of Security.
The assault was attributed to jihadists suspected by the administrative official and a survivor.
The wounded were evacuated to a health center in Bandiagara, one of the main towns in this part of Mali, by soldiers from the Senegalese contingent of the UN force in Mali, according to the administrative official.
This new incident occurred in the same area, near the Burkinabè border, where at least 12 Malian soldiers were killed in mid-October in an attack “”terrorist“, according to the Malian army.
Central Mali has been caught in a whirlwind of violence since the appearance in 2015 in this region of a jihadist group led by the Fulani preacher Amadou Koufa, who has largely recruited within his community.
Community clashes have also multiplied between the Peuls, mainly herders, and the Bambara and Dogon ethnic groups practicing mainly agriculture, who have created self-defense groups, relying in particular on traditional dozo hunters.