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We are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible attack in Mali over the weekend.  We strongly condemn the targeting of innocent civilians, including women & children and call on the Malian Authorities to act and bring the perpetrators to justice.  It is important that accountability is delivered through a comprehensive investigation. Our deepest sympathies to the community who lost family and friends in this terrible incident of violence.  

The Tánaiste stated:

“I condemn the violence against innocent civilians in central Mali over the weekend. I encourage the Government of Mali to redouble effort to ensure peace and stability in Central Mali and to protect vulnerable populations from such attacks.  Those who perpetrate such terrible crimes must be brought to justice.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland.