A mine or improvised explosive device (IED) blast left at least three Chadian UN peacekeepers dead and two others wounded in Mali's Kidal region on Thursday, October 26. The peacekeepers' vehicle reportedly struck the explosive device around 14:30 (local time) while escorting a convoy on the road between the towns of Tessalit and Aguelhok (Kidal region), per a statement released Thursday by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Over 80 MINUSMA personnel have been killed in militant attacks in Mali since 2013.
Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite a French-led intervention launched in 2013 that drove many extremists from their strongholds. France maintains approximately 4000 troops stationed throughout the Sahel.
The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. 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.