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22 Jul 2019 | 06:45 PM UTC

Mali: VBIED attack wounds three at entrance to French base in Gao July 22

Mali News Alert

Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack wounds three people at entrance to French military base in Gao July 22; similar attacks possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Gao

Event

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack targeting a French military base in Gao wounded three people on Monday afternoon (local time), July 22. The car bomb reportedly exploded at the base's entrance, close to Gao International Airport (GAQ). Further details, including the suspected identities of the assailants and their possible affiliations with terror organizations, were not immediately reported.

Similar attacks targeting United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) forces, Operation Barkhane forces, and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) are possible in Gao 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), and a French-led intervention launched in 2013 that drove many extremists from their strongholds.

Advice

Individuals in Gao are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

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

 

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