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Bloodbath in Mali as jihadists stoke centuries-old tensions between ethnic groups

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The Telegraph

Bloodbath in Mali as jihadists stoke centuries-old tensions between ethnic groups

Both al-Qaeda and Islamic State encourage local Fulani herders to wage a campaign of ethnic cleansing against their Dogon neighbours

By Colin Freeman

Jihadists in Mali are stirring up bouts of savage inter-ethnic bloodletting in their bid to regain their grip on the west African state, human rights campaigners have warned.

The country's picturesque Mopti region – once one of west Africa's top backpacking destinations – has become a bloodbath in the last year as Islamic militants stoke centuries-old tensions between its main ethnic groups.

Both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have been encouraging local Fulani herders, known in Mali as Peuhl, to wage a campaign of ethnic cleansing against their Dogon neighbours.

The Dogon, who are mainly settled farmers, have responded by setting up their own self-defence militias, one of which massacred more than 150 Peuhl civilians in a revenge attack last March.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/terror-and-security/bloodbath-mali-jihadists-stoke-centuries-old-tensions-ethnic/