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14 Jun 2020 | 01:37 PM UTC

Mali: Two UN peacekeepers killed in Gao region June 13

Mali News Alert

Two UN peacekeepers killed in convoy ambush near Tarkint (Gao region) on June 13

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/19/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Gao, Tessalit

Event

Two soldiers assigned to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed by unidentified assailants on Saturday, June 13, near the village of Tarkint (Gao region). According to officials, the victims were part of a logistical convoy that was traveling between the towns of Gao and Tessalit (Kidal region) that had stopped near Tarkint when it was attacked. Further such attacks targeting UN peacekeepers are possible in the coming days and 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), one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world. 

Advice

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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