Mali’s government dropped to 35 from an initial 95 its estimate of the death toll from a recent attack on a Dogon village.
In a statement broadcast on state radio government said the initial death toll announced by the village chief combined the numbers of dead and people missing.
Malians are increasingly frustrated by failure of the government of President Boubacar Keita to protect them from both jihadist onslaughts and ethnic reprisals.
Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders killed scores since January. An attack in March killed more than 150 Fulani, one of the worst acts of bloodshed in Mali’s recent history; it forced the resignation by the then-prime minister and government.