Suspected militants launched an attack in the Bandiagara Cercle (Mopti region) on Thursday morning, July 23, killing at least three gendarmes that were defending the area. The attack was reportedly carried out by militants on motorcycles and targeted the village of Parou in the Bandiagara Cercle.
Similar militant attacks are possible in the Mopti region over 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 to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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