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03 Jul 2020 | 05:38 PM UTC

Mali: Multiple soldiers killed in militant ambush in Mopti region July 2

Mali News Alert

Militant ambush in Mopti region on July 2 leaves at least seven FAMa soldiers dead; further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/5/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mopti


On Thursday, July 2, a Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) patrol came under attack in an ambush in the Gouari area of Bankass Cercle (Mopti region). At least seven soldiers were reportedly killed and two wounded, while three others remain missing. The soldiers had reportedly been deployed to patrol the villages of Bouari, Djimdo, Pangadou, and Dialakanda after they were targeted in a militant attack on Wednesday, July 1.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area. Further militant attacks are likely in the near term.


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.


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, those 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 items or behavior to security forces.


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