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11 juill. 2019 | 22h49 UTC

Mali: Landmine detonation leaves 10 peacekeepers wounded in Kidal region July 11

Mali Alerte de sécurité

Landmine explodes outside Kidal (Kidal region), leaving 10 UN peacekeepers wounded July 11; similar incidents possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2019, 12h00 until 12/7/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mali

Event

A UN vehicle reportedly struck a landmine outside Kidal (Kidal region) on Thursday, July 11, wounding 10 peacekeepers. A statement by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General confirmed the blast, saying that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is investigating the incident.

Further such incidents are likely in Mali, including Kidal region, in the near term.

Context

Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite the presence of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world. Since 2013, some 170 peacekeepers have been killed in Mali.

Advice

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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