Several Malian soldiers were killed in the jihadist ambush on Thursday of an army convoy heading for Niger, in the Ménaka region (northeast), a military official and a local elected official said on Friday, August 4, 2023.

Mali Soldiers killed in a Jihadist Ambush Near Niger

 “According to an initial assessment, we lost six men,” said the military official. We have today launched the search for others missing, but the terrorists have lost at least 15 fighters,” he said.

“We can speak of about twenty people if we count the dead, wounded and missing Malian soldiers” , said the local official, stressing that the balance sheet is “not yet very clear,”

The ambush by jihadists from the Islamic State group targeted an army convoy escorting trucks towards Niger.