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Burkina Faso-Mali clashes leave 25 dead

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At least 25 people have been killed in days of ethnic clashes over land rights along the Burkina Faso-Mali border, local officials say.

The violence erupted in the Malian village of Sari between Burkina Faso's Peul ethnic group and the Dogon people from Mali.

Most of the victims were Peul, reports say.

The source of tension appears to be the passing of the livestock owned by the Peul through Dogon farming areas.

Under the rule of Mali's ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure, an ethnic Peul, the herders were allowed to cross into the Dogon territory on special paths.

But the Dogon have complained that the livestock has often damaged their crops.

Mr Toure was deposed in a coup in March.

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