Unidentified armed men reportedly ambushed a Malian army convoy on the road between Diabaly and Nampala in the Segou region at approximately 17:00 (local time) on Wednesday, May 31. At least two soldiers were killed during the attack. A number of others were wounded and several are reportedly missing.
The same day, media sources reported that unidentified armed men set fire to schools and town halls in Gouro and Sare localities in the Mopti region.
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. France maintains approximately 4000 troops who are stationed throughout the Sahel. Additionally, MINUSMA is one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world.
The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. 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.