Three Malian soldiers have been killed and two other security personnel have been injured after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Koro (Mopti region) on Thursday afternoon, April 9.
Reports indicate that the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) convoy was traveling on the Koro-Dinangourou axis at approximately 13:00 (local time) when their vehicle hit the landmine.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Similar attacks are possible in Mali over the near term.
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.
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.