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05 Jul 2019 | 11:07 PM UTC

Mali: Unidentified gunmen attack border post in Sikasso region July 3-4

Mali News Alert

Unidentified gunmen attack border post in Yorosso Cercle (Sikasso region) July 3-4; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Sikasso region


Roughly a dozen gunmen attacked a border post in Yorosso Cercle (Sikasso region) during the overnight hours (local time) July 3-4. Sources claim the unidentified gunmen arrived at the border post from Burkina Faso and occupied the site for several hours, burning multiple police vehicles. At least two people were wounded in the attack.

Similar violence and attacks are possible in Sikasso region over the coming weeks.


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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