Unknown gunmen attacked and temporarily seized a military base in Mopti region the night (local time) of Saturday, March 16, according to local authorities. The attack took place in Dioura lasted until the early hours of Sunday, March 17. The gunmen burned the camp and looted supplies, including vehicles, before leaving. An army spokesman confirmed the attack but did not comment on details. Similar incidents are likely in central Mali, including Mopti region, in the near term.
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, some 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.
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