Militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and 4 civilians in an attack close to the city of Tessit on Sunday, the Malian military mentioned.
Nine soldiers had been additionally reported lacking and automobiles and tools had been destroyed, it mentioned in a press release launched late on Monday, including that it suspected an Islamic State affiliate.
“On 07 August 2022 around 15h00, the army units of Tessit… responded vigorously to a complex and coordinated attack by armed terrorist groups, presumably from ISGS (Islamic State in the Greater Sahara) and benefiting from drone and artillery support,” the assertion mentioned.
Mali is going through a worsening insurgency by Islamist armed teams, some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, which has expanded to its neighbours Burkina Faso and Niger.
The military mentioned it killed at the very least seven on the enemy facet.
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