Armed gunmen reportedly attacked the village of Koulogon (Mopti region) at around 05:00 (local time) on Tuesday, January 1, killing at least 37 Fulani civilians. According to a government statement, numerous buildings were also set on fire by the assailants, who were dressed as traditional Donzo hunters. 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 in central Mali. The region has been characterized by insecurity and turmoil since insurgent groups took over much of the north in 2012, prompting French military intervention and the creation of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
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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