Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has strongly condemned a recent “massacre on innocent civilians” in Mali.
The chairperson “learned with horror and outrage of the massacre in the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara in the Mopti region, central Mali, killing at least 135 people, including women and children,” an AU statement issued late Sunday read.
“The Chairperson strongly condemns this despicable attack on innocent and defenseless civilians. He offers his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” the statement added.
Faki also underlined “the need to do everything possible to identify the perpetrators of this despicable attack and bring them to justice”.
“It is crucial that strong measures be taken to address the root causes of this violence, the persistence of which can only further complicate ongoing efforts to promote peace and stability,” Faki added.
The AU chairperson also last week condemned another gunmen attack against a Malian army base that killed scores of soldiers and destroyed Malian military instruments.
He also called for renewed international mobilization in support of the regional efforts to achieve lasting solutions to the security problems in the West African country. Enditem