Forty soldiers had already been killed in two jihadist attacks on September 30 in Boulkessy and October 1 in Mondoro, in the south of the country.
This is one of the biggest losses known to the Malian army in recent years. According to local authorities, 53 soldiers and one civilian were killed in an attack on a military camp in Indelimane, near the border with Niger. “Following the attack on the Fama's position (the Malian armed forces) In Indelimane, the reinforcements dispatched found 54 bodies including a civilian “, 53 soldiers killed, announced the Minister of Communication, Yaya Sangaré, Friday, November 1, on Twitter.
Following the attack of the FAMa position in Indelimane, the reinforcements dispatched found 54 bodies including 1 civilian, 10 survivors & found significant material damage. The situation is under control. Raking and the body identification process are continuing.
– Yaya Sangare (@YayaBSangare) November 2, 2019
The politician also reported “ten survivors” and of “significant material damage” in Indelimane, in the locality of Ansongo, in the sector of Menaka (north-east).
The attack at Indelimane had not been claimed Friday evening. The circumstances of this new military setback have also not been specified. However, it is part of a series of attacks by jihadists in the region against the Malian forces.
Forty soldiers were killed in two assaults by Islamist fighters on September 30 in Boulkessy and October 1 Mondoro, localities located in the south of the country, near Burkina Faso, according to a report of a senior official of the Ministry of Defense. However, several sources estimate that this official record of 40 deaths has been underestimated.
“The situation is under control, raking and the process of identifying the bodies are continuing”, added Minister Sangaré, referring to a “terrorist attack”.
Malian soldiers were also reported missing on Friday, a military source told AFP.