Mali: AU Decries Recent Attacks, Death Of 11 Persons

The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the recent spate of attacks in Mali, which left about 11 people dead.

Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, noted that the civil unrest in the country was worrisome.

He urged the country’s government to be strong and ensure that law and order prevailed always.

“I was indignantly informed of the
attack on October 13, 2020 against
a FAMA post in Sokoura in the Mopti region of Mali, which left at least 11 dead.

“I express our compassion to
the families of the missing, to the
people and to the government of Mali,” he tweeted on Thursday.

On the part of Mali’s transitional president, Mr. M. Bah N’Daw, he had declared a three day national mourning over the crisis that ” took both the lives of civilians and military”, effective from Thursday.

“After decreeing 3 days national mourning, the Head of State offered his most saddened condolences to the families of the missing and wished speedy recovery to the injured,” Mali presidency had tweeted.

THE WHISTLER earlier reported that the AU had on October 9, lifted the suspension it placed on Mali, following the recent political developments in the small West African country.

Recall that the mutinying soldiers had removed its Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, and the President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, from office.

But, pressure from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international bodies, led to the subsequent release of political detainees.

As part of compliance to ECOWAS pressure, Mali’s former Minister of Defense, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, was on September 25, sworn in as the country’s interim president.

ECOWAS also gave the transition government a period of 12 months to return the country to constitutional order.

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