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 – one of the deadliest in the past decade.
Details of Monday’s attack are unclear, and authorities have not identified what group the assailants belonged to.
In its Twitter account, the Malian army posted images several burned-out motorcycles, and said 70 were destroyed during the incident.
Mali has suffered violence since 2012 when Islamist militants exploited a Tuareg separatist uprising, seizing several key cities.
With help from France, its former European ruler, Malian forces regained control of territory lost to jihadis.
However security forces have been struggling to contain the threat from Islamist groups, some of which are linked to the so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda. In recent months, Mali’s military has abandoned several outposts.
Islamist violence has also spread to other countries in the region, fuelled by ethnic tensions.
According to the UN, more than 1,500 civilians have been killed in Mali and Burkina Faso since January, with millions more in need of humanitarian assistance.
A 15,00-strong UN peacekeeping force is currently stationed in Mali.
The country is also a member of the G5 Sahel, a counter-insurgency force comprised of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.
However efforts by the G5 have been hampered by insufficient funding, training and equipment.
West African leaders have pledged $1bn (£805m) over the next five years to combat Islamist militancy in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron has also said more military resources will be sent to Mali from 2020.
Coronavirus: India Third Worst-Hit With Nearly 700,000 Cases
FG To Resume Third Mainland Bridge Repairs
Accountant General’s Office Denies Paying N173bn Without Proper Records
COVID 19: Ohaneze Mobilize 200 Religious Groups To Pray For Gov Umahi
How Minister, NSITF Rift Led To Suspension Of MD
Ebonyi/Cross River Communal Clash: 5 Missing Persons Yet To Be Seen – Ebonyi CP
Group Hike Against Rape Pandemic In Abuja
EDITORIAL10 hours ago
COVID-19 And Planned Reopening Of Schools
OPINION5 hours ago
Who Is Afraid Of el-Rufai?
NEWS15 hours ago
FRSC Redeploys Senior Officers
BUSINESS9 hours ago
CBN Gives 4 New Banks December Deadline To Expand Operations
BUSINESS19 hours ago
CBN’s Adjustment Of Naira May Lead To Higher Costs For Imported Goods – NECA
NEWS23 hours ago
Kano Govt Approves N2.36bn For Zawaciki Inland Port Project
NEWS9 hours ago
Wadume: Soldiers Must Face Regular Court, Says Falana
NEWS19 hours ago
Group Petitions Appeal Court President Over Rivers APC Crisis