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Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves milita after massacre

Mali s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Muslims, including women and children. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, composed of Dogon hunters, had been dissolved. The dissolution of the militia was to send a clear message, Maiga told journalists: The protection of the population will remain the monopoly of the state. Survivors of Saturday s attack said ethnic Dogon hunters carried out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, a village in central Mali inhabited by the Muslim Fulani community. Maiga did not name the senior officers sacked, but defence ministry sources told AFP they were the Armed Forces Chief of General Staff M Bemba Moussa Keita, and chiefs of the Army and the Air Force. The prime minister s announcement came hours after an emergency meeting called by President Ibrahim Boubacar ..

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