On Thursday, May 10, unidentified gunmen ambushed a civilian vehicle in Ménaka region, killing at least six people. According to local sources, the attack occurred between the towns of Indelimane and Ménaka. Following the ambush, the assailants reportedly attacked a nearby settlement, killing another two civilians.
Due to the presence of these and various other armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite a French-led intervention launched in 2013 that drove many extremists from their strongholds. France maintains approximately 4000 troops stationed throughout the Sahel, in addition to the presence of local military troops.
The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.