Suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked several villages in the vicinity of Dogon village of Tirelli (Mopti region) on Tuesday, April 21, killing at least 12 people. According to local media reports, scores of herders attacked the area, located approximately 30 km (18.6 mi) east of Bandiagara, between 16:00 and 21:00 (local time). The herders reportedly stole 500 cattle in their attacks and at least six other residents of the area have been reported missing.
Further intercommunal clashes between the Fulani and Dogon communities, and other communities, are to be expected in the Mopti region over the near term.
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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