The attack was carried out by armed men on motorbikes at the Kadji camp for displaced people, outside Gao - a region that has faced mounting unrest in recent months.
Bamako’s move came after Paris decided to cut development aid to the African nation.
Following in the footsteps of its European partners, Britain too has cut short its troop deployment with the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, six months earlier than planned.
The Elysee Palace has announced an end to France’s anti-militant operation in Africa’s Sahel region, but has left in its wake incidents of rights abuses committed by the French military yet to be prosecuted.
World peace may have a better chance if sanctions were de-weaponised in our time of multi-dimensional war-making.
The attack took place in the border region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso where armed men killed a total of 11 people.
FM Abdoulaye Diop warns France against violating Mali's airspace and delivering arms to militants who have been fighting in the West African country for the past 10 years, accusations Paris calls "defamatory".
Mali has long struggled with a militant insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The coup is the latest in a string of military takeovers in the Sahel region in the last two years, often accompanied by large protests in support of the putschists.
A government spokesperson calls for an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States to resolve the issue of 46 soldiers detained by Mali's military government.
The coalition, known as the Platform, said several hundred militants attacked its fighters and forced them to retreat near Talataye in the Gao region — long a hotspot for violence.
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