Gunfire was reported in the Kati area on the northern outskirts of Bamako on Tuesday, August 18, amid rumors of a mutiny at a military base in the town. The source of the gunfire is currently unclear, but local residents are reported to be sheltering whilst the road connecting the town with the capital has been blocked. Several embassies, including those of France and Norway, have advised their citizens to avoid the area and for those in Bamako to shelter in place after some reports suggested that military personnel were heading into the city.
The situation remains changeable but further security incidents and operations are likely in Kati and the wider Bamako region in the near term.
Those in Bamako are advised to avoid unnecessary movement within the city in the immediate term and should shelter in place where possible. Monitor developments and heed any directives issued by local authorities.
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