Islamist militants have been blamed for an attack that left more than 42 Malian soldiers dead and 22 injured in one of the deadliest incidents in recent years.
42 Mali soldiers killed in suspected IS attack
Forty-two Malian soldiers have been killed and 22 injured in an attack near the town of Tessit, Mali’s government says, blaming an Islamic State affiliate.
It was one of the deadliest attacks in recent years for the Malian army, which has been battling a decade-long insurgency by militant groups that have spread across West Africa’s Sahel region.
“The Malian army units of Tessit … reacted vigorously to a complex and co-ordinated attack by armed terrorist groups, presumably from Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, characterised by the use of drones, explosives, car bombs, and artillery,” the government said in a statement.
Soldiers killed 37 combatants during several hours of heavy fighting, the statement said.