Gunmen in Mali have killed 37 people in an attack on a village in what appeared to be ethnic violence, the government said.
The violence highlights ongoing tensions in central Mali between the Fulani, accused of links to al Qaeda, and militias from the Dozo tribe.
The head of the Fulani Association, Tabital Pulaaku, said the dead belong to the Fulani ethnic group, including the village chief.
Men dressed as Dozo hunters attacked the village of Kouloghon early on Tuesday, January 1st, state television said.
It is expected that this attack will defeat the Mali government's campaign for disarmament among rival groups, under the pretext of the need for self-defence.
In an AP report, human rights groups have claimed that several hundred civilians have been killed in central Mali because of attacks by armed militias.