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In its report, the human rights division of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) explains that it is “able to confirm the holding of a wedding celebration which gathered at the scene of the strike a hundred civilians among whom were five armed people, alleged members of the Katiba Serma”. The Katiba Serma is affiliated with the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM, or JNIM in Arabic), a jihadist alliance itself affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
The affected group “was overwhelmingly composed of civilians who are persons protected against attacks under international humanitarian law”, explains Minusma. At least 22 people were killed, including three suspected Katiba Serma members – 19 instantly, 3 during their evacuation, the document claims.
“There were several strikes, one after the other”, told a witness of the bombing to Franceinfo in early February. “When I came back, I discovered the carnage, we couldn’t identify the victims.”
The Minusma “recommended” the Malian and French authorities to take action “an independent, credible and transparent investigation“. She recommends examining the processes prior to the strikes, or even modifying them. She also recommends that the French and Malians seek to establish responsibilities and grant, if necessary, reparation to the victims and their relatives.
Source site www.francetvinfo.fr