On Saturday, January 20, jihadist militants launched an attack on United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) forces in Aguelhok (northeast). At least ten Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 25 others injured in the attack. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack, reportedly launched in response to the resumption of diplomatic ties between the Chadian and the Israeli government. Further such attacks 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 the presence of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world. Since 2013, 170 peacekeepers have been killed in Mali.
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.