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Canadian Press: Mali and Koumaga Village

canadian press: The first members of Canada's mission in Mali arrived in the northern city of Gao on Sunday to lend support to UN troops, according to Toronto Star. One Malian says that in addition to the international support, development is needed to stabilize the nation. As Mali received more peacekeeping troops, the government announced 16 people were killed as the Fulani ethnic group faces growing pressure over accusations of links to Al Qaeda extremists. The Canadian Press The leader of Mali's largest Fulani association says the death toll is higher, with 32 civilians killed Saturday, when a community militia attacked Koumaga village in the central part of the country. The incoming Canadian troops were accompanied by the chief of the defence staff Gen. Koumaga village has the reputation of being home to a number of Al-Qaeda-linked extremists. ( As reported in the news.