At least six patients have been reported dead in a Malian village besieged by armed men.
Local media reports say the village named Songo is located within Central Mali.
According to reports, suspected terrorists had besieged the village for about a month.
The mayor of Central Mali’s Diabaly province reportedly told the press about the death of the patients.
Reports say the gunmen have since the inception of July 2021 been stopping individuals from entering and leaving the village.
Reports say the patients were in need of critical health care outside the village. However, they could not get the needed care because the residents in the village feared the gunmen.
According to reports, the local authorities told the federal authorities of the need to send the patients to hospitals outside the village. But reports indicated that nothing was done in that regard.