Mauritania condemns "massacre" in central Mali

Mauritania condemns "massacre" in central Mali
# 10 September 2012 19:30 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The Mauritanian government has strongly condemned the weekend killing of 16 people including its citizens in central Mali, according to an official statement obtained here, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"The government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, learnt with unspeakable consternation, the barbaric massacre that was perpetrated on the night of Saturday to Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012, in the locality of Diabali, by a regular unit of the Malian army, against 16 peaceful Muslim preachers, most of whom were Mauritanian nationals, who were heading to Bamako," the government said in an official statement.

"The government would like to express its deep disappointment over this heinous criminal act which was carried out in cold blood, without any warning or attempt to arrest the Muslim faithfuls whose only weapon was their faith and who had gone to spread a message of peace, brotherhood and tolerance in a country that badly needed such a message," the statement added.

The government demanded an inquiry to shed light on the killing, hoping for a joint action for "maximum professionalism in the investigations."
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