A UN mission base camp in Ménaka reportedly came under attack on Tuesday, September 4, when unidentified assailants fired rockets and shells at the site; one UN peacekeeper was injured and several buildings were critically damaged. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Tuesday evening (local time). Additional attacks in the area are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Due to the presence of various 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.
The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to traveling.
Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, all those present in Mali are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.