Airstrikes Pound Wedding in Central Mali, Over 20 Killed

France struck area, but denies involvement in wedding attack

Airstrikes in remote central Mali hit a wedding party on Sunday, according to health officials. They reported more than 20 killed, including children. Details of what happened are still being sorted out.

France is the main power with warplanes in the area, and they have confirmed conducting strikes in the area near the wedding. They denied hitting the wedding itself, however.

This is a common enough issue. France says their strike hit “dozens of fighters,” while a strike in a very similar place hit a bunch of civilians. Being a remote area means it’ll be a struggle to find information about what happened, and likely this will be one of those situations where the wedding strike goes down as an attack on fighters.

This is a recurring problem in remote areas where warplanes are active but don’t necessarily have a way of gathering accurate intelligence. This means all too often the attackers don’t know what they’re bombing.

Author: Jason Ditz

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