A Malian National Guard convoy was attacked by suspected militants while traveling through the central Mopti region on Tuesday, January 9. The soldiers were ambushed near the town of Djenné at approximately 18:00 (local time). Military officials confirmed that one soldier was killed and four others wounded in the attack. Several of the militants also died during the fighting. No group has claimed responsibility for the ambush as of Wednesday, January 10.
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, in addition to the presence of local military troops.
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.