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25 Jan 2019 | 10:21 PM UTC

Mali: Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mopti region January 25

Mali News Alert

At least two UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Mopti region on January 25

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mopti

Event

A United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) convoy hit a mine or improvised explosive device (IED) near Douentza (Mopti region) on the morning (local time) of Friday, January 25. According to UN officials, at least two Sri Lankan peacekeepers were killed in the blast. Further such attacks are possible in the coming days and weeks.

Context

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.

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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