Malian forces engaged in a tussle against the Islamist militants within its borders whilst it executed 12 civilians in a retaliatory fight after one soldier was killed in May, according to the UN mission in Mali on Tuesday.
The Malian government had agreed to the fact that several abuses of force had erupted from the fight against the Jihadist group who camp in the central and northern part of the country.
Those abuses, as well as tit-for-tat attacks by rival ethnic groups, have fuelled surging violence across vast swathes of Mali, raising doubts about the government’s ability to organise a presidential election scheduled for July 29.
The U.N. mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said in a statement that its “investigation had concluded that Malian troops from the G5 Sahel – a joint task force with Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania – “summarily and/or arbitrarily executed 12 civilians at the Boulkessy cattle market” on May 19.”
It added that the report has been passed on to the Malian authorities and that Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of MINUSMA, “calls on the Malian authorities to ensure that the investigation underway is carried out as quickly as possible”.
Mali’s general elections was stated to hold later in July but the probability of its occurrence has been marred by several killings and abuse to which their former colonial master, France has issued a strong warning to the government to take charge of the situation.