US calls on Mali to investigate military’s role in death of 25 civilians

The United State on Thursday called on the government of Mali to credibly investigate the role of Malian military forces in the deaths of 25 civilians.

In a statement released by the State Department, the US said it remains “deeply concerned” about the deteriorating security situation in Mali and the Sahel region.

It called on the Government of Mali to look into the serious allegations of human rights abuse “in a credible and transparent manner and result in accountability as appropriate.” “We urge security forces and governments to take steps to ensure respect for human rights, the protection of civilians, and accountability to increase trust and counter violent extremism,” the State Department said.

The bodies were reportedly uncovered in a mass grave following a military crackdown on suspected fighters and ethnic militia in central Mali.

Source: Kuwait News Agency