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30 Jan 2019 | 02:39 PM UTC

Mali: Militants kill two soldiers in Tarkint (Gao region) January 29

Mali News Alert

Jihadist militants attack military outpost in Tarkint (Gao region) on January 29; at least two killed and ten wounded

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mali

Event

On Tuesday, January 29, jihadist militants launched a complex attack against a Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) outpost in Tarkint (Gao region). According to security officials, the militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near the outpost before engaging Malian forces with small arms, killing at least two soldiers and wounding ten others. 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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