The past few weeks have seen a number of attacks in Mali, especially in the north. This post provides some brief information on some of these attacks. Key parties include the Malian military, the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the Tuareg rebel alliance the Coordination of Movements of the Azawad (CMA, which include the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or MNLA), the pro-government militia Self-Defense Group of Imghad Tuareg and Allies (GATIA in French), and the pro-government wing of the Arab Movement of the Azawad (MAA in French). The Malian government and the CMA are being pressured to sign a peace agreement in Algiers on May 2015, but the CMA has been delaying and asking for additional provisions relating to Tuareg self-rule in the north, and the UN is starting to seem openly nervous about the prospects for a signature – let alone implementation.
- May 1: CMA fighters kill one person (apparently a civilian) and take six others hostage in Bintagoungou.
- April 29: Rebels (apparently CMA) kill nine Malian soldiers, wound six others, and take six more hostage in a fight in Léré.
- April 29: Unknown gunmen, possibly CMA, kill three (two soldiers and one civilian) in Goundam.
- April 28: CMA fighters shoot at UN peacekeepers in Timbuktu.
- April 27: Pro-government GATIA and MAA fighters take Menaka from the CMA.
- April 20: Unknown gunmen kill a UN driver/peacekeeper in an ambush 30 kilometers west of GAO.
- April 17: Unknown gunmen kill two civilian drivers during an ambush on a UN convoy outside of Gao.
- April 15: Suicide bombing by al-Murabitun at a UN base in Ansongo.