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19 Jun 2019 | 03:05 AM UTC

Mali: Security forces ambushed near Gossi June 18

Mali News Alert

Militants ambush soldiers traveling near Gossi (Tombouctou region) on June 18, killing several soldiers and destroying material

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Gossi (Tombouctou region), Tombouctou

Event

Unidentified militants ambushed a Malian military (FAMa) patrol near Gossi (Tombouctou region) on Tuesday, June 18. According to security officials, the soldiers suffered casualties and “material losses” during the attack. Reinforcements were reportedly deployed into the area following the incident. 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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