At least 40 people were killed on Thursday and Friday by suspected ISIS terrorists in the north-east of Mali near the border with Niger. The Governor of Manaka, Daouda Maiga, said the gunmen were probably Fulani members of Islamic State Greater Sahara retaliating against military action in the region that was supported by Tuaregs.
In recent months Tuareg civilian defense groups, supported by French soldiers, have been fighting against jihadists in north-eastern Mali.
The attacks may also be an attempt to heighten tensions between Tuaregs and Fulani herders over land.
Earlier this month, the head of the UN mission in Mali's human rights division said Tuaregs killed 95 Fulani civilians in the region.