At least 29 Malian soldiers were killed in an attack that happened at a military base in the country’s northeast, the army confirmed on Thursday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the deadliest in the recent past.
The country’s security forces have been fighting armed groups, with links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), since 2012.
More than 4000 people were killed last year in the conflict that has since spread to the neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso.
The United Nations and France have deployed thousands of troops across the Sahel region.