On the morning of 8 December 2021, a U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) convoy struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Bandiagara area of Mali’s central Mopti region. According to a U.N. spokesperson, the peacekeepers were traveling from Douentza to Sevare at the time. Seven Togolese peacekeeping soldiers were killed in the blast and three more Togolese soldiers were wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, although militant Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group frequently conduct IED attacks targeting MINUSMA personnel.