At least 25 Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military base in the northern town of Bamba by suspected militants, the government said.
A dozen assailants were also “neutralised” during the “terrorist” attack early on Monday morning, the government added, without specifying which group may have been involved in the assault.
A resident of Bamba said armed men had been riding motorbikes around nearby villages since Sunday, before gathering for the dawn attack.
“We saw 23 bodies on the spot,” the Bamba resident said, adding that fighters had destroyed the camp and stolen equipment.
“No civilian was hurt, this was an operation against the camp,” the resident added.
No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.
Mali’s army has repeatedly suffered heavy casualties from armed groups active in the area with links to al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).