It was a sad day for the Malian Army, after 53 of its soldiers were killed Friday in a “terrorist attack” on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, the army said.
The attack came a month after two jihadist assaults killed 40 soldiers near the border with Burkina Faso, one of the deadliest strikes against Mali’s military in recent Islamist militant violence.
Friday’s attack resulted in “injuries and material damage” to the camp and reinforcements have been dispatched to the Indelimane area, according to the army.
Some Malian soldiers were also declared missing during the attack, a military source told AFP.
Northern Mali came under the control of Al-Qaeda linked jihadists after Mali’s army failed to quash a rebellion there in 2012. A French-led military campaign was launched against the jihadists, pushing them back a year later.
The violence has also spilled over into Burkina Faso and Niger where militants have exploited existing inter-communal strife.