A group of unidentified gunmen on motorcycles assaulted a Malian military position in Diéma (Kayes region) during the early morning hours (local time) of Monday, February 10. According to media reports, the attack took place around 04:00. The attackers were eventually repulsed from the area after additional soldiers reinforced the position. Initial reports indicate that one soldier was killed and two others were wounded; at least two militants also died during the fighting. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks targeted security forces are possible in the region over the near term.
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.