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21 Dec 2018 | 08:29 AM UTC

Mali: ISGS militants kill nine in Ménaka region December 19

Mali News Alert

Suspected Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) militants kill nine people in Andéramboukane cercle (Ménaka region) December 19; similar attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/27/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Ménaka region


Suspected Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) gunmen attacked a Touareg camp in D'Abanguilou area (Andéramboukane cercle, Ménaka region) on Wednesday, December 19, killing six Touareg civilians. Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) fighters launched a counterattack near the Nigerien border, killing at least ten ISGS militants; three MSA fighters were also killed in the skirmish. Additional ISGS attacks targeting Touareg communities are possible in Ménaka in the near term.


Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite the presence of the MINUSMA, one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world.


The security environment in Mali remains complex. 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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