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24 Jan 2020 | 04:53 AM UTC

Mali: Six Malian soldiers killed in Dioungani (Mopti region) attack January 22

Suspected militants attack leaves at least six Malian soldiers killed in Diougani (Mopti region) January 22; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

At least six Malian soldiers were killed in an attack on their position in Diougani (Mopti region) late at night (local time) on Wednesday, January 22. According to security officials, the assault lasted several hours, and several other soldiers have been injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Friday, January 24.

Similar 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.