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.
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.
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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