Armed men reportedly dressed as traditional hunters have killed 134 people, including women and children, during an attack on a village in central Mali, according to the United Nations.
A further 55 civilians were hurt in the attack in Ogossagou in the Mopti region.
The region’s Fulani ethnic community is frequently targeted and accused of having ties to jihadist organizations in the area, according to the UN.
The Malian government said it “reiterates its determination to make every effort to hunt down the perpetrators of this barbarity of another age and to punish them, in accordance with the laws in force.”
Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said on Sunday new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, comprising Dogon hunters, had been dissolved.
“The protection of the population will remain the monopoly of the state,” Maiga told journalists.
Survivors of Saturday’s attack said ethnic Dogon hunters carried out the raid in Ogossagou, a village in central Mali inhabited by the Fulani community.