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14 Feb 2020 | 11:07 AM UTC

Mali: Fulani village attacked in Mopti region February 14

Gunmen attack Fulani village in Mopti region on February 14, leaving at least 20 dead; retaliatory attacks possible over the near term

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MLI

Event

A group of approximately 30 gunmen attacked the Fulani village of Ogossagou (Mopti region) overnight between Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14. According to local officials, at least 20 people were killed in the assault and 28 others remain missing. Unverified reports attributed the attack to a traditional Dogon hunters' group. Some homes were set on fire and livestock was also stolen.

Retaliatory attacks are possible in the region over the near term.

Context

Ogossagou was the site of an armed attack on March 23, 2019, which left approximately 160 Fulani herders dead.

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 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.