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Guterres is “shocked and outraged” by reports of massacres of civilians in Mali

Guterres is "shocked and outraged" by reports of massacres of civilians in Mali

June 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, is “shocked and outraged” by the killings of more than 130 civilians in a series of attacks carried out over the weekend by suspected jihadists against several towns located in the Bankass circle, in the center of Mali.

Guterres is “equally shocked and outraged” by the loss of life reported there, as well as the “high loss of life and livelihoods in other regions of the country, including Ménaka, where tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the weeks,” said Guterres’ spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.

Likewise, Guterres has expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims of the recent massacres, as well as to the people of Mali.

“I condemn these attacks in the strongest terms and call on the Malian authorities to promptly investigate them and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement said.

On the other hand, the secretary general has asked Mali’s military leaders “to redouble their efforts to restore peace and stability” throughout the country, and reiterates the readiness of the UN stabilization mission, MINUSMA, to support their efforts.


The UN warns that Mali and the entire central Sahel region have faced an upsurge in violence against the civilian population by armed extremists in recent months.

Mali’s military junta decreed three days of mourning from Tuesday after the massacre of more than 130 civilians.

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