U.S. Embassy Condemns the Killing of Civilians in Central Mali

The United States is shocked and outraged by reports that over 170 Malians, including women and children, were killed Saturday in the central Malian village of Ogossagou.  We strongly condemn this heinous act, send our condolences to the families of the victims and call for those responsible to be brought to justice.

On the occasion of Martyrs Day, we remember and honor not only those heroes of democracy who lost their lives in 1991, but also the tragedy of the over 170 civilians killed in Ogossagou and those soldiers who were killed a week earlier in Dioura.

We call on the Government of Mali and all Malian parties to bring those responsible for both attacks to justice and to make every effort to restore peace and security in central Mali.