A Malian military camp in Tarkint (Gao region) was assaulted by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, March 19. At least 29 people were killed and another five wounded in the attack. The attackers reportedly arrived near the camp in multiple vehicles and advanced from three sides. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault.
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.