Two local officials were kidnapped on Wednesday, June 17, in the Tombouctou region city of Dire. The sub-prefects of Dire and Dangha were reportedly seized by unidentified gunmen who stormed their offices in the city on Wednesday morning before fleeing the area with their hostages. At least three people were wounded in the initial attack, including one who later died of their injuries. Local security forces responded to the incident but were unable to locate the kidnapped officials.
Security operations are likely in the area in the near term.
Individuals in the Tombouctou region are advised to monitor the situation and heed all instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Mali remains complex and professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel. Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, travelers should remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events, remain vigilant, and report any suspicious activity to security forces.
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