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Mali: Militants attack MINUSMA convoy in Gao region Feb. 16

Militants attack MINUSMA convoy in Geo region on February 16; at least one Malian soldier wounded

19 Feb 09:51 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Gao

Event

Militants attacked a German-operated United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) convoy some 50 km (30 mi) from Gao (Gao region) on Saturday, February 16. According to MINUSMA officials, at least one Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) soldier was wounded in the fighting. Similar attacks are possible in Gao region in the near term.

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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