A minimum of 50 civilians had been killed and greater than 500 arrested throughout a army operation carried out by Mali’s military and “overseas troops” on April 19, the United Nations stated in a report on Wednesday.
The alleged bloodbath came about on market day in Hombori municipality, within the central area of Douentza, after a Mali army convoy hit an improvised explosive machine.
The victims included a girl and a toddler, the U.N.’s peacekeeping mission MINUSMA stated in a quarterly report on human rights violations between April and June.
Mali’s army spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The U.N. has repeatedly accused Malian troopers of summarily executing civilians and suspected militants over the course of their decade-long combat in opposition to teams linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.
The army has in some instances acknowledged that its forces had been implicated in executions and different abuses, however few troopers have confronted legal expenses.