Six soldiers were killed and another 25 were injured after armed attackers attacked an army position in Sokolo, a town in south-central Mali, the army said.
Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three pickup trucks carrying weapons and ammunition in another counterattack, according to a preliminary assessment by the country’s armed forces.
Attackers also killed nine soldiers and three civilians in an attack on the southwestern city of Kalumba on Wednesday. Malian forces contained and dispelled the attack, destroying several “terrorist logistics bases” camouflaged with vegetation, the army said.
The Malian army has not said whether any attackers have been killed.
The statement said the third attack on military installations near the south-central city of Mopti was pushed back without casualties.
CNN cannot independently confirm the number of casualties suffered by the Malian army.
The Malian army expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and tried to reassure citizens that it would stand firm in its “anti-terrorist struggle” and continue to put pressure on armed groups and their shrines.
France first launched anti-terrorist operations in Mali in 2013 under former President François Hollande.