The assault is just one of the deadliest strikes from the West African nation’s army in recent memory. It’s still reeling from jihadist raids in late September that underscored the increasing reach and elegance of armed groups operating in the area.
“The discharged reinforcements discovered 54 bodies such as a civilian, 10 survivors, also discovered significant material damage. The problem is under control,” government spokesman Yaya Sangare stated on Twitter at the wee hours of Saturday.
The police first reported that the assault by armed men on the military post in Indelimane, Menaka area, on Friday, but gave a much lesser provisional death toll.
In their stronghold from Mali, groups with al Qaeda and Islamic State connections have managed to fan out over the Sahel, destabilizing portions of Niger and Burkina Faso.
Thirty-eight Malian soldiers had been murdered on Sept. 30 in coordinated strikes on two military bases in central Mali, which has slipped out of government management regardless of the existence of the French army along with other foreign forces.