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22 Dec 2018 | 01:17 PM UTC

Mali: Landmine explodes near Douentza, killing six December 19

Mali News Alert

Landmine explodes near Douentza (Mopti region), leaving six people dead and six others wounded December 19; similar incidents possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Douentza cercle (Mopti region)

Event

A landmine exploded near Douentza (Mopti region) on Wednesday, December 19, leaving six people dead and six others wounded. Local officials claimed that the mine was placed by militants. Similar incidents are possible in Mopti region over the coming weeks.

Context

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.

Advice

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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