Washington DC, 23 June 2022 (TDI): The US government expressed solidarity with the people of Mali against the recent attacks on civilians in the Bandiagara, Gao, and Menaka regions.

In a statement, released today, the US State Department showed solidarity with the families of the 100 civilians who lost their lives during these insurgencies.

Ned Price, the Spokesperson of the US State Department, said that the US condemns the recent attacks and violence in the country resulting in death and destruction.

Price also wished the injured people a speedy recovery. He further stated that the US will continue to partner with Mali to build a better future.

Furthermore, the US Spokesperson stated that the US government would continue to work with Mali’s accountable international partners to build a brighter and more peaceful future for its citizens.

The recent violent attacks also claimed the life of a UN peacekeeper over the weekend. Also, suspected jihadists massacred nearly one hundred and thirty civilians over the weekend in the central towns of Mali.

In addition, the local officials have also confirmed systematic killings by armed men in Diallassagou and two municipalities in the Bankass circle. These towns are a hotspot of Sahelian violence.

The armed militant groups are violently active in the northern parts of Mali.

Further, the Head of the party in Bankass, Nouhoum Togo, stated that the death toll is higher than the reported number. Subsequently, Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists are responsible for these killings.

Since 2015, Mali has been subjected to violent activities of the insurgent group. Many areas are prone to violence by self-defense militias and inter-community reprisals.

Consequently, the government holds Fulani religious leader Amadou Koufa’s armed group, the Macina Katiba, responsible for these insurgencies.