No fewere than 31 people in central Mali were killed on Friday by militants who opened fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said.
It was the latest deadly attack in a region racked by violent insurgency.
The bus was attacked by unidentified gunmen as it traveled its twice-weekly route from the village of Songho to a market in Bandiagara, 10 kilometres (6 miles) away, said Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass.
“Armed men … shot at the vehicle, slashed the tires, and shot at the people,” Guindo said.
The village sit in the heart of the Mopti region, an epicentre of violence in Mali fuelled by insurgents linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.
There has been a surge of Jihadist attacks across Africa’s Sahel region, killing thousands and displacing millions across Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.