Gunmen have killed eight people in central Mali, a local official and security ministry staffer said today, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state. The AFP reports that militants attacked a minibus yesterday, the officials said, which was travelling between the towns of Bandiagara and Bankass in central Mali’s volatile Mopti region, which is prone to frequent jihadist attacks and ethnic killings. An official from Mali’s security ministry, who also requested anonymity, confirmed the details of the attack and the death toll, and the local government official, and a survivor interviewed by AFP, both blamed the attack on jihadists.