According to Malian military officials, French forces killed a senior leader of the Group for the Support Islam and Muslims (JNIM) terrorist organization during an operation in Mopti region on Friday, November 23. According to reports, Amadou Koufa was killed in the raid along with an estimated 30 other jihadist militants. Further military operations are possible in central and northern Mali in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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