Unidentified militants assaulted a Malian military (FAMa) checkpoint in Alatona (Ségou region) in Niono circle on the morning (local time) of Sunday, February 9. The attack occurred at approximately 03:30, leaving at least three soldiers dead and another three wounded. According to initial reports, the militants stole two vehicles and set the command post on fire. Earlier in the night, gunmen also attacked a checkpoint near Sorowel but were repulsed by the soldiers. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the operations.
Similar attacks targeting security forces in the region are likely 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 prevailing terrorism and kidnapping threats 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.