On Wednesday, the Malian Army said that forty-two soldiers died in an attack at the weekend by suspected jihadists.
The attack occurred in the town of Tessit, in the troubled “three-border” region where the frontiers of the three nations converge.
Tessit and its nearby military base have been repeatedly attacked.
The toll is one of the bloodiest in Mali’s decade-long insurgency, which has spread from the north of the country to the centre and south and into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
In March 2021, 33 soldiers were killed in an ISGS ambush as units were being rotated.
The insurgency that has swept the three Sahel countries has claimed thousands of lives and forced more than two million to flee their homes.
Sporadic cross-border attacks have also occurred in Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin to the south, amplifying fears of a jihadist push towards the Gulf of Guinea.