Mali: More than 40 Tuaregs Killed in “Jihadist Attacks”

Tuareg major areas in map Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Tuareg major areas in map Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mali’s Tuareg community came under attacks from the Jihadists in two separate incidents that left more than 40 people dead.

In north-eastern Mali on Thursday and Friday, the Jihadists launched two separate attacks the nomadic Berber people.

The jihadists’ attacks against the historically nomadic Berber people are assumed to be have carried out to retaliate the Tuareg attacks on the Jihadists.

The Tuaregs have carried out several attacks on the Jihadists in the recent weeks. North-Eastern Mali has been lawless even though the government had a peace deal with the Tuareg rebels in 2015.

To end the lawlessness in the region, the government of Mali struck a peace deal with the Tuareg rebels in 2015.

The deal was made upon the presence of the government officials, international force, and the rebel force.

But the deal, however, failed to bring peace in the region.

The denizens of north-eastern Mali including the Arabs and the Tuaregs accuse the government of ignoring them.

The locals accuse of being ignored by the more prosperous south.

Tuareg traditional turban seller at a desert festival Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Tuareg traditional turban seller at a desert festival Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, the Tuareg rebels seized parts of the north-eastern towns including the historic Timbuktu city.

The Tuareg possessions, however, didn’t last long as the Jihadists linked to al-Qaeda took them over.

Al-Barket Tuareg Band performing a Tuareg tradition dance in the city of Ghat in Libya during the 22th Ghat Tuareg Festival Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Al-Barket Tuareg Band performing a Tuareg tradition dance in the city of Ghat in Libya during the 22th Ghat Tuareg Festival Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Jihadists were removed in a French-led military operation in 2013. But the region has never been at peace ever since.


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