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06 Apr 2020 | 08:36 PM UTC

Mali: Militant attack in Gao region leaves 20 dead April 6

Attack on army camp in Gao region leaves 20 soldiers dead on April 6; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

Suspected militants attacked an army camp in Gao region on Monday, April 6, killing at least 20 Malian soldiers and wounding several others. According to military officials, suspected Islamic militants attacked the army camp in Bamba early Monday morning (local time). No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks are possible in northern Mali 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. France maintains approximately 4500 troops stationed throughout the Sahel.

Advice

The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

Due to the underlying militant 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.