The attack on Mali's military post kills 53 soldiers
BAMAKO: Fifty-three soldiers were killed Friday in a terrorist attack at a post in the northeast of the country, the government said.
The assault is one of the deadliest attacks against the Mali army in the recent militant Islamist violence.
A civilian was also killed at the outpost in Indelimane, in the region, near the border with Niger, the country's communication minister Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.
The situation is under control. A search continues and the process of identifying the bodies, he added, after giving the latest update on the death toll.
He said that 10 survivors were found in the outpost, which suffered significant damage.
No more details of the attack were given.
The Mali government previously condemned the terrorist attack, saying it had left many dead or wounded, but without giving a precise figure.
Reinforcements have been sent to secure the area and persecute the attackers, the statement said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's assault.
It occurs a month after two jihadist assaults killed 40 soldiers near the border, however, several sources said the death toll had been reduced.
The deadly assault provoked protests in front of a military camp in the capital of the country.
Mali's army has been fighting a jihadist revolt that has spread from the arid north to its center, an ethnically mixed and volatile region.
The recent assaults are also a humiliation for the so-called G5 Sahel force, a much-announced initiative under which five countries created a joint anti-terrorist force of 5,000 men, and for France, which has pledged to shore up the fragile. region.
Northern Mali was under the control of Al Qaeda Jihadists linked after the Mali army could not quell a rebellion there in 2012.
A military campaign led by France against the jihadists was launched, which delayed them a year later.
But the jihadists have regrouped and expanded their raids and landmine attacks to central and southern Mali.
Violence has also spread to Burkina Faso and Niger, where militants have exploited existing inter-communal conflicts, leaving hundreds of dead.