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25 Oct 2018 | 03:30 PM UTC

Mali: IED kills at least seven people in Ménaka October 24

At least seven members of pro-government militia killed in IED attack in Ménaka on October 24

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Event

A convoy belonging to the pro-government Imghad Tuareg Self-Defense Group and Allies (GATIA) militia hit a landmine or improvised explosive device (IED) near Indjarsammane (Ménaka region) on Wednesday, October 24. At least seven people were killed in the incident. Further such attacks are possible in the coming days and weeks.

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. According to a UN report released in September, at least 42 improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks had been carried out in the previous three months; more than a third of these occurred in central Mali.

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.

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