Four soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed by suspected militants in central Mali on Sunday, the army said in a statement.
The region is where Mali is battling militants linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The army said in a statement that the patrol was ambushed near the town of Lere on Sunday morning.
“The provisional toll is at four soldiers killed,” it said.
The attack comes as France, which has deployed over 5 000counter-terrorism soldiers in Mali to help combat militants, said on Friday that it has resumed jointed military operations with Mali after they were suspended following a coup.
AU suspends Mali’s membership with immediate effect and warns of sanctions: