On 16 May 2022, Mali’s ruling military junta claimed that it foiled an alleged Western-backed coup attempt which took place from 11-12 May. In a televised address, a spokesman for the junta announced that a small group of soldiers identified as “anti-progressive” have been taken into custody for allegedly taking part in the coup attempt. Approximately 10 military officers were reportedly arrested. Following the announcement, security checkpoints were erected at entrances and exits of the capital Bamako as well as at border crossings in order to find other suspected conspirators who are believed to be at large. The junta’s announcement did not specify which Western country supported the alleged coup attempt.