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30 Nov 2020 | 06:25 AM UTC

Mali: Simultaneous attacks on military camps reported in northern region November 30

Simultaneous attacks on military camps reported in Gao, Kidal, and Menaka on November 30; further attacks likely over the near term

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Event

Near-simultaneous rocket attacks were reported in the vicinity of military camps in Gao, Kidal, and Menaka on Monday, November 30. According to local sources, the attacks occurred near camps that specifically house international forces. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. No group has claimed responsibility, although they resemble similar attacks typical of jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda that are common in the region.  

Security operations are possible in the area following the incident. Further militant attacks are likely across northern Mali in the near term.

Context

Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite the presence of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world, a French-led intervention launched in 2013, and regional security efforts. Areas along the border with Burkina Faso have become particularly unstable in recent months, as militant groups increasingly operate across the frontier.

Advice

The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions, and those in the country should heed any directives issued by local authorities. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

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