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28 mai 2020 | 20h29 UTC

Mali: Suspected militants attack villages in Mopti region May 26-27

Mali Alerte de sécurité

Suspected militants kill 27 in armed attacks in Mopti region on May 26-27; similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/5/2020, 12h00 until 30/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mopti

Event

Suspected militants launched attacks on several villages in Mopti region on Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27, killing at least 27 civilians. Attacks targeted the villages of Koro, Bankass, and Tille. The villages are reportedly home to people from the Dogon ethnic group. Local officials reportedly believe the attacks were carried out by Islamist militants, who regularly claim to be defending ethnic Fulani herders from rival Dogon farmers.

Similar militant attacks are possible in Mopti region over the near term.

Context

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.

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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