Unidentified gunmen attacked several villages located in Mali's Mopti region on Tuesday, July 14, killing at least 12 people. The attacks reportedly targeted several villages in the region that are inhabited by Dogon farmers. Officials in the area believe the attacks were carried out by militants. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the violence.
Similar attacks are possible in the region 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, 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, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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