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09 Aug 2019 | 06:04 AM UTC

Mali: Heightened security measures ahead of Tabaski festival August 11

Mali News Alert

Additional police and traffic officers will deploy to Bamako and other cities in preparation for Tabaski festival on August 11; significant disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mali, Bamako

Event

Malians nationwide will celebrate the Festival of Tabaski on Sunday, August 11. Police officials announced that additional police and traffic officers will be deployed to maintain security and prevent traffic accidents. Traffic congestion and disruptions are expected to be particularly significant in the capital, Bamako, where 300 additional personnel will deploy 72 hours in advance of the festival. In Bamako, officers will secure over 80 crossroads to allow pedestrians to safely cross the street and ensure that vehicles do not block main roads. Officials also said that there will be an increase in police patrols throughout the city, particularly at night. Similar security measures may also be in place in major urban areas nationwide.

Context

The Festival of Tabaski, also known as Eid al-Adha, is one of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide. According to Islamic customs, worshippers usually slaughter an animal to share the meat with their family and neighbors.

Advice

Individuals in Mali, particularly in Bamako, are advised to adhere to cultural customs, remain vigilant for militant activity, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments, and anticipate a heightened security presence, crowded conditions, and large public gatherings.

 

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