Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced three days of national mourning “in homage to the victims” of Sobane Da village massacre that left dozens of people dead.

The Malian government on Wednesday sacked the governor of the central Mopti region where Monday’s “terrorist attack” against members of the ethnic Dogon group occurred.

Twenty-four of the dead were children, the government said earlier in a statement which added that six people had been detained “following routine checks”.

Security forces have been deployed in the region, which has witnessed deadly violence in recent months between Dogon farmers and nomadic Fulani herders.

Fresh fighting believed to be between the Fulani and Dogon ethnic groups risks plunging the country deeper into a cycle of inter communal violence.

Gunmen on Wednesday targeted two ethnic Dogon villages in the Bankass district of the Mopti region.

Early estimates put the death toll in the attack on the largely ethnic Dogon enclave at 95, but Malian authorities on Wednesday revised the figure down to 35.

But local leaders insisted that close to 100 were killed.