An attack by heavily armed militants on a military post in northeast Mali, has left no fewer than 53 soldiers dead and many others injured.
The attack which occurred in Indelimane, Menaka region close to the border with Niger Republic, is regarded as one of the deadliest against Malian forces.
According to a post on Twitter by the country’s communication minister, Yaya Sangare, the situation had been brought “under control”, adding: “A search and the process of identifying the bodies is continuing.”
Ten survivors were found at the outpost, which suffered “significant” damage, according to Sangare, who did not give further details
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The Malian government earlier condemned the “terrorist attack”, saying it had left numerous dead or wounded but without giving a precise toll.
“Reinforcements have been dispatched to secure the area and hunt down the attackers,” it said in a statement.