Mali declares 10-day state of emergency

Mali's government declares 10-day state of emergency after several threats from militant groups

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Malian police officer stands guard in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015

Mali's government has declared a ten-day state of emergency on Monday, following what security sources described as several threats from militant groups.

"The state of emergency aims to give the relevant authorities the means to allow them to better identify and counter any project threatening people's safety...," according to the government's statement, without giving any further details.

According to the Malian security sources, the state of emergency announcement has come following threats from militant groups, one of the sources told Reuters that the announcement was issued after a meeting of militant leaders in the northern Kidal region last week.

On November 2015, Al Mourabitoun, a militant group based in northern Mali and affiliated with Al Qaeda killed at least 27 people and injured several others in an attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako.     

In spring 2012, two militant groups, Coordination of Azawad Movements who fights for independent Tuareg state and Ansar al Dine who wants Sharia law implemented across Mali and across the Muslim world, captured northern Mali, including main cities such as Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.

After a year, Malian and French forces recaptured northern Mali and the United Nations has sent a peacekeeping mission in order to provide security in the region.

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