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26 Jun 2019 | 02:32 PM UTC

Mali: Unidentified gunmen attack village in Mopti region June 25

Mali News Alert

Unidentified gunmen attack village near Bandiagara (Mopti region) June 25; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Bandiagara, Mopti region

Event

Unidentified gunmen attacked a village near Bandiagara (Mopti region) on Tuesday evening (local time), June 25. Sources claim the local militia repelled the attack by militants, killing four attackers. At least one villager was also killed in the incident. 

Similar violence and retaliatory attacks are possible in Mopti region over the coming 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. Since 2013, some 170 peacekeepers have been killed in Mali.

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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