16 Islamic preachers in Mali killed by army-A A +A
Sunday, September 9, 2012
BAMAKO, Mali -— Sources report that 16 Mauritanian and Malian Islamic preachers were shot dead by the Malian army in Diabaly, 430 kilometers north of Bamako, when they were traveling to a conference in Bamako.
Mohamed Bashir, claiming he had two cousins who died in the shooting, said that 16 ministers —- eight Malian and eight Mauritanian —- of the peaceful Dawa sect were shot by the Malian army on Sept. 8 in the small village of Diabaly.
The killings were confirmed by a Malian police source who remained anonymous.
He said that "soldiers arrested the preachers and led them into the darkness outside the village before they killed them."
On the other hand, an army spokesperson only said that the military is "still checking" on reports of the killings. (AP)