Twenty-four soldiers were killed in an attack carried out by a militant group in eastern Mali, the authorities reported on Monday.
The country’s army said the attack happened in the Gao border region. The soldiers from Mali and those from Niger were in a joint operation to combat terrorism in the region.
According to the report, another 29 soldiers were injured during the operation. Seventeen militants were killed and about 100 others were arrested and are being held in Tiloa, Niger. More than seventy motorcycles were destroyed during the incident.
Mali has recently experienced a surge in terrorism. Violence broke out in 2012 after Islamist militants seized several key cities in the country during a Tuareg separatist uprising.
Malian security forces, with the help of French soldiers, have been working to regain control of the seized cities.