Clashes erupted between two ethnic groups in the desert region of Mali on Monday, March 19, 2018. As a result, eight people were killed in the clash.
Reported by AFP on Tuesday (20/3/2018), the clash between Fulani and Dogon community has been going on for several weeks. Since the clashes broke out in early March, at least 25 people have been killed.
The Mali army said inter-community violence around Koro City, near the Burkina Faso border, resulted in the burning of Sabere Village. This riot happened since last Sunday.
"Everything is ruined," the Mali military said in a statement.
Soldiers checking the scene of the riots found the bodies of parents with burns and gunshot wounds.
"At least eight civilians were killed," a local official said.
He said the clash came because of a crisis of trust between members of Fulani and Dogon communities.
Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga's office said it would visit Koro this week to reassure residents and offer a solution to the conflict.
At the beginning of the clash, Fulani residents, a nomadic group of peasants, engaged in violence triggered by residents who grazed cattle in the land of Dogon. In addition, clashes also triggered disputes over access to water and livestock.