A military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mopti region early (local time) on Tuesday, November 20, leaving at least two people dead and six others wounded. The IED detonation was reportedly followed by gunfire; the incident took place some 4 km (2.5 mi) east of the Boni intersection. Similar attacks are possible in Mopti region over the near term.
Additionally, another IED blast struck a military vehicle near Sokolo (Ségou region) on November 20, wounding at least two people.
Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite the presence of the MINUSMA, one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world.
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 (e.g. especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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