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Mali conflict: Malian army accused of arbitrary killings of civilians / Africa News

The International Federation for Human Rights FIDH in Mali says the Malian army has carried out a series of arbitrary killings of civilians without trial.

The right group who are currently in Mali assessing the conflict in terms of humanitarian grounds disclosed this to reporters in a statement.

The right group indicated that some of the people were killed simply because they did not have identification documents to indentify them.

Others too were accused of possessing weapons, and of being infiltrators and accomplices of the militants causing instability, according to the right group.

The group therefore said there is the need for an independent investigation body to be set up to probe into the alleged abuses committed by the Malian soldiers and those responsible should be punished.

There was “credible information” pointing to 20 other executions in Sevare, with bodies “buried hastily, notably in wells”, Summary killings also took place in the towns of Mopti and Niono, FIDH said.

“Other allegations of summary executions continue to come from all areas of the west and central parts of the country from local residents,” it said.

The group also said dozens of ethnic Tuaregs in the capital, Bamako, have also had their homes raided by troops making them fleeing their homes.

But he Malian army’s Capt Modibo Traore said the allegations were completely false but declined to comment further, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) regional coordinator Valentin Tapsoba said 7,100 people had fled to neighboring countries in the last two weeks to escape fighting.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News          

         

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