Armed gunmen attacked the village of Heremakono (Ségou region) at around 10:00 (local time) on Monday, May 13, killing at least 12 civilians. According to a government statement, the gunmen were reportedly dressed as traditional Dozo hunters. Similar attacks are possible in Ségou region over the near term.
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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