At least 31 people have been killed in an attack on a village that was the scene last year of Mali's worst civilian massacre in recent memory, the government said.
A government statement did not say who carried out the Friday morning attack on Ogossagou, a village of Fulani herders in central Mali.
"They came and shot everything that moved," said Hamadou Dicko from Fulani association Tabital Pulaaku.
In the attack on Ogossagou in March, suspected militiamen from a rival group killed more than 150 civilians, part of spiralling ethnic and jihadi violence in West Africa's vast Sahel region.
Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass, and another local official, who declined to be named, said the latest attack came less than 24 hours after Malian troops who had been stationed near Ogossagou left their base.
An army spokesman said soldiers had been deployed to respond to the attack but did not give details.
Central Malian residents have criticised the army for failing to protect them against violence that has displaced 200,000 people and left many communities with no local government or means of defence.