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Mali: Suspected militant attacks reported in Mopti region February 12

Suspected militants kill at least five government security personnel in Mopti region February 12

15 Feb 06:41 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mopti

Event

Unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) and opened fire on a gendarmerie convoy in Mopti region on a road between Mopti and Dialloubé on Tuesday, February 12. According to local authorities, three gendarmes were killed in the attack. Additionally, two Malian soldiers patrolling near the villages of Koro and Bankass were killed by unidentified attackers on Tuesday. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Further such incidents 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.

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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