Bamako: A minimum of 25 Malian troopers had been killed and 60 others had been lacking after militants attacked two military outposts, the federal government stated.
Camps within the cities of Boulkessy and Mondoro close to the border with Burkina Faso got here beneath assault on Monday, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The federal government says their troops killed 15 militants and have since recaptured the realm, however misplaced numerous gear.
Malian forces have now launched a joint operation with Burkina Faso and French forces within the area.
Mali has suffered jihadist violence and ethnic rivalries since 2012, when Islamist militants took over the north of the nation and France launched its army intervention.
This is among the deadliest assaults towards authorities troops this 12 months.
The West African nation – together with Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania – is a part of an anti-insurgency power supported by France often known as the G5 Sahel.
On Monday, the five-nation group blamed “suspected members of Ansarul Islam” for the assault at Boulkessy.
Ansarul Islam, that means Defenders of Islam, was created in 2016 by the novel and in style preacher Ibrahim Malam Dicko. He reportedly fought with Islamist militants within the north of Mali in 2012.