Six soldiers were killed and another 25 were injured after armed assailants attacked an army position in Sokolo, a town in southern-central Mali, the army said.
Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three pickups containing weapons and ammunition during a subsequent counterattack, according to a provisional assessment from the country’s armed forces.
Assailants also killed nine soldiers and three civilians in an attack early on Wednesday on the southwestern town of Kalumba. Malian forces contained and pushed back the attack and destroyed several “terrorist logistical bases” that were camouflaged with vegetation, the military said.
Mali’s military did not say if any attackers were killed.
The statement said the third attack on military installations near the southern-central town of Mopti was pushed back with no casualties.
CNN is unable to independently confirm the number of casualties given by Mali’s military.
Mali’s military sent its condolences to the families of the victims and sought to reassure citizens that it would stand fast in its “antiterrorist fight” and would keep up the pressure on armed groups and their sanctuaries.
France first started anti-terrorist operations in Mali in 2013, under former President François Hollande.