Army says eight soldiers escaped attack on around a dozen vehicles in northwest Bouka Were, around 100 kilometres from border with Mauritania.
UN Human Rights Council to discuss "police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in US, after request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries.
The deadliest attack since March 2016 follows a joint military operation launched by Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso last month to tackle the expanding threat from militants linked to al Qaeda and Daesh in the Sahel region.
The ambush occurred on Saturday near the northern town of Barsalogho, the government said in a statement, adding that an attack on a livestock market in the east of the country earlier in the day had claimed 25 live
Residents say a livestock market in eastern town of Kompienbiga was targeted, in a deadly raid that security sources say was carried by groups with links to Al Qaeda and Daesh.
"Home School", "Teachers' Room" and "School on TV" are just some of the distance education programmes that private channels have launched to try to compensate for the closures.
HRW interviewed 17 people over the alleged killings, including 12 witnesses to the arrests and later burial of the victims, in Djibo, about 200 kilometres north of the capital Ouagadougou.
The elections in Mali have been repeatedly delayed, eroding trust in institutions as the country struggles with a militant revolt that has claimed thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The time to act in Africa is now, before the pandemic peaks on the continent.
Officials say the death toll could climb after militants, who arrived on motorbikes and in cars, attacked a military base in the Gao region.
The latest fighting between the soldiers and militants took place in Tillaberi region, near the borders of both Mali and Burkina Faso.
Health officials plead for global solidarity for helping the poor continent at a time when even some of the world’s richest countries are scrambling for basic medical needs, including face masks.
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