In Mali, a curfew was lifted and three days of mourning were declared

07 September 2020

The military, which seized power in Mali, lifted the curfew on September 6, which had been in effect in the country since August 18. This is stated in a communique published on Sunday by the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP).

"We assure the population that the usual security measures will be strengthened throughout the country," the Malian newspaper Le Journal du Mali quoted the document as saying. A curfew from 21:00 to 05:00 was imposed by the military in the first hours of the coup.

Simultaneously with September 6, Mali declared nationwide three-day mourning for 10 soldiers who died on the night of September 4 in the district of Guire in the central part of the country near the border with Mauritania. They were ambushed by Islamists. In this area of Mali, there are detachments of the terrorist group Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), which was formed in the spring of 2017 and has close ties with al-Qaeda (banned in Russia).

In Mali, a military coup took place on August 18, which began with an insurgency at the Kati military base near the capital, Bamako. The military seized the General staff, arrested the country's top leadership, including the President of the Republic, and formed the National Committee for the Salvation of the People. Under pressure, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation, as well as the dissolution of the government and Parliament. The head of the NCSP, Colonel Assimi Goita, was appointed "head of state" by the putschists. The corresponding "fundamental act" was published on 27 August in the Government Gazette of Mali.


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Based on materials from TASS