The United Nations has confirmed that members of the Malian army and “white soldiers” were involved in the death of 33 civilians, including 29 Mauritanians and four Malians, in early March in Mali , not far from the Mauritanian border.
According to the report of a group of UN experts consulted by AFP, the bodies of the civilians were found a few kilometers from the village of Robinet El Ataye, in the region of Segou, where the They had been detained, tied up, beaten and kidnapped by “white soldiers”, elements of the Russian Wagner paramilitary group according to a diplomat in New York, and Malian soldiers.< /p>
The disappearance of these civilians on March 5 caused a big commotion in Mali and Mauritania. In Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, it was accused He accused the Malian army of “recurring criminal acts” against its citizens in this border region. However, Bamako said that its army was not involved. After the events, the two countries launched a joint investigation, the results of which have not yet been published.
But a report by the UN Group of Experts The report on Mali, transmitted to the Security Council at the end of July and to which the AFP was able to consult this Friday, lifts the veil on the death of these 33 civilians, elaborating a macabre story that accuses the army of killing them. Malian army and the “white soldiers”.
According to a diplomat in New York, the latter are part of the Wagner paramilitary group, deployed alongside the Malian military since January< /strong>. Bamako refutes the presence of mercenaries, referring to the presence of “instructors”, while Moscow refutes the presence of mercenaries. He says that he has nothing to do with this company present in Mali. on a “commercial basis”.