President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said IBK declared 72 hours of national mourning. This, five (5) days after the tragic terrorist attack in the village of Ogossagou in the Bankass district, Mopti administrative region, central Mali.
A bomb attack that targeted the peaceful population of this locality, making 134 dead and 43 wounded including 17 children, 23 men and 20 women, recalls mali-web.org. The Malian site stresses that the whole country is plunged into pain and compassion because it is the very first terrorist act of this magnitude that our country has known since its existence in a single day.
Thus, the head of the Malian state after his visit to the scene of the tragedy 48 hours ago, issued a decree at the Council of Ministers, held yesterday Thursday, March 28, 2019, (decree number 2019-0260 / PRM of March 28, 2019), a national mourning of three (3) days, starting this Friday, March 29, 2019 at midnight throughout the national territory in honor of the victims of this terrorist attack perpetrated on March 23, 2019 against the populations of the village Ogossagou in the circle of Bankass. The flags will be half-masted on all public buildings and buildings throughout the duration of the mourning period.
“The time is serious, the time is to be in question on the survival of Mali, do we want? We have bequeathed a country, we are proud to say that it comes from far away … May all those who left this Malian land in the conditions of unprecedented violence, without this being the will of the Creator, that all are convinced , that we will not stop extracting this scourge, this cancer of Mali, “said IBK, on March 26, 2019, addressing the Nation.