Twenty-four soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants in eastern Mali, the country’s army has said.
Another 29 were also injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region.
Mali’s army said 17 “terrorists” were killed and 100 suspects were being held in Tiloa, in Niger.
It comes weeks after 54 troops were killed in another attack in Mali – one of the deadliest in the past decade.
Details of Monday’s attack in Mali are unclear, and authorities have not identified what group the assailants belonged to.
On its Twitter account, the Malian army posted images several burned-out motorcycles, and said 70 were destroyed during the incident.
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SOURCE: BBC News