A soldier said on Wednesday that unidentified gunmen killed three soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on a checkpoint in the Malian city of Timbuktu.
A Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed the toll but gave no further details about where or how the attack occurred.
On Feb 5, unknown gunmen launched an assault and escaped a UN police base in Timbuktu, as Malian security sources also said an army checkpoint in the city had come under attack.
Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA said gunmen drove up with force to the entrance of the UN base near the former Hotel Palmeraie at around 6:30 am (0630 GMT) and then detonated their vehicle.
In 2012, militants shortly took control of the city of Timbuktu until French forces pushed them out, however, they stepped up attacks in Mali in recent months as part of a growing regional militancy.
Last year in November, Al Mourabitoun, a militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for killing at least 27 people and wounding several others at a Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako.