Unidentified gunmen reportedly attacked the N'Goutjina security checkpoint located in the Koutiala Cercle (Sikasso region) on Saturday, August 1. The attack reportedly occurred at approximately 01:00 (local time) with the gunmen killing at least one person and wounding three others. Additional security personnel have been deployed to the area, and an investigation into the incident has been opened. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Further attacks are possible in the area 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 to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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