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Suspected jihadists kill more than 100 civilians in central Mali, officials say

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More than 100 civilians have been killed in neighboring towns in central Mali in attacks blamed on jihadists in the past three days, according to local officials and a senior government official.

The killings took place in Diallassagou and two nearby villages, Diaweli and Dessagou, in central Mali, a long hotbed of violence in the Sahel.

An elected official who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons told AFP the violence continued on Monday.

However, Nouhoum Togo, another official, said the military had reached the site of the attack and was able to count the dead.

He said on social media that the number of victims far exceeded 100.

Mali and the central Sahel have been confronted for months with a series of civilian killings blamed on jihadists.

Since 2012, the country has been rocked by an uprising by groups associated with al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State group, which has plunged the country into crisis.

The violence that started in the north has since spread to the center and to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Intercommunal and criminal violence is also common.

(AFP)

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