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20 May 2019 | 04:29 AM UTC

Mali: Militants attack two checkpoints in Sikasso region May 20

Mali News Alert

Unidentified gunmen launch simultaneous attacks on two military checkpoints in the Yorosso cercle (Sikasso region) on May 20, killing at least two soldiers

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Sikasso region

Event

Multiple Malian military (FAMa) checkpoints were assaulted in Sikasso region on Monday, May 20. According to local reports, FAMa positions in Koury and Boura (Yorosso cercle) were assaulted simultaneously; at least two soldiers were killed in the attacks. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the operations. Further attacks are possible in the area 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. Since 2013, nearly 200 MINUSMA troops have been killed in Mali, including one in an attack on April 20 in Mopti region.

Advice

The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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