Intercommunal clashes left at least 15 people dead in Mopti region on Wednesday, December 5. Armed men reportedly attacked a Fulani village, according to a report from a regional official on Saturday, December 8. Similar clashes between rival ethnic groups are possible in Mopti region over the near term.
Clashes regularly break out between members of hunter, farmer, and herder communities over land disputes in central Mali. Rates of violence have increased over the past year.
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 (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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