A local official in central Mali was killed in an attack that left his body "riddled" with bullets, security sources said.
Deputy mayor of the Wouro-Mody commune Kola H. Dia became the latest victim of jihadist and criminal groups which take advantage of Mali's dire security situation by frequently targeting symbols, of state power including government officials and soldiers.
A Malian security source told AFP under condition of anonymity that "terrorists slaughtered the deputy mayor of the commune" on Tuesday morning.
He said it was a "targeted attack."
A resident of Wouro-Mody who saw Dia's body said the gunmen left him "riddled" with bullets before making off with his mobile phone.
Dia was killed in the same area of the Mopti region where five Togolese UN peacekeepers were fatally ambushed on May 29. There was no claim of responsibility but the UN at the time called it a "terrorist" attack.
Attacks are now becoming more frequent further south, in the country's centre, close to its borders with Burkina Faso and Niger.
Although Islamists were largely ousted by an ongoing French-led military operation launched in January 2013, sporadic attacks from desert hideouts are common.