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soldiers on behalf of the Malian government, according to a confidential UN report, obviously caused a massacre of more than 30 civilians in the crisis state of Mali. The 78-page document, written by experts from the United Nations and handed over to the UN Security Council, is available to the German Press Agency.

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In it, the perpetrators are described as "white soldiers". The Russian mercenary group Wagner, who is in the service of the Malian military junta, is not mentioned directly, according to DPA information, there is no doubt that the experts consider the soldiers described by witnesses to be Wagner members. Not least because the type of knitting from Russian military stocks used in the crime is known.

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Since the youngest coup in May 2021, a military junta has ruled in the highest unstable West African Mali who has close relationships with Russia and hires fighters from the Wagner mercenary group. In UN circles, Wagner is considered to be an unknown in Mali. Growing tensions with the government and the stronger extremist groups are increasingly affecting the use of the UN peace mission minusma in the country. The Bundeswehr is currently involved in Minusma with more than 1000 soldiers.

The incident now presented in the UN report therefore took place in Zentralmali on the border with Mauritania in early March. On these two days, six places were attacked by Malic forces in the region. Near a well -attended fountain, the "white soldiers" appeared on the morning of March 5: "The soldiers collapsed the men and older boys, tied their hands on their backs and combined their eyes."

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They were subsequently collected in the village center, the bystanding houses were looted, as it continues, citing testimony. After that, the soldiers started beating the tied up with heavy sticks, meanwhile other men had blocked the doors of the houses for the women and children in them. "They could only hear the men's screams when they were beaten." 33 or 34 of them, including 29 Mauritanians and four Malians, were kidnapped. They were shot and burned four kilometers away a day later.

perpetrators did not identify

similar looting would also have taken place in the other affected locations in the region. Two of them landed “white soldiers” with a helicopter. However, the witnesses could not have identified any of the perpetrators.

The volatile situation in Mali, where attacks in the capital Bamako recently increased, according to the UN report, a security vacuum has created that enables serious human rights violations. There is an alarming increase of killed civilians. From January 1 to March 31, 543 uninvolved were killed.

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