Convoy carrying supplies to local residents escorted by a military unit "was the target of a terrorist attack" near Gaskinde in the Sahel region, an army statement said.
Head of the transitional military government takes over Defence Ministry’s responsibilities.
Militants attacking military posts and construction areas kill dozens of people say military sources as an assessment is carried out by the Malian army.
Armed men kill at least 100 people, mostly men, in northern Seytenga district, security officials say, but a local source claims provisional tally stood at 165.
Relations between Mali and France have soured in recent months, as anti-French sentiment rises in the Sahel region over Paris' involvement in the former colony.
African and Western leaders meet in Paris to flesh out plans over how to continue fighting insurgency in the volatile Sahel region once France and its European allies withdraw troops from Mali.
France says it will "continue to fight terrorism next door with the Sahel countries," as diplomats signal the European country and its allies may announce troop withdrawal from the West African country this week.
Junta ruling the West African nation demands Denmark "immediately" withdraw troops, saying it was not consulted and the deployment failed to follow protocol.
After 16 years, Germany’s Social Democrats finally beat Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in September polls. If a left-led government comes in power, will it change much in the EU?
Diplomatic discord between Algeria and France deepens after Algiers bans French military planes from its airspace, in its latest response to a row over visas and critical comments from President Emmanuel Macron.
Attack by "unidentified armed individuals" targeted "people working in a field" in the Banibangou region, close to the Mali border, says Interior Ministry.
Deadly attacks are common in the Sahel countries, as is banditry. And in the vast areas outside of state control, the militants often levy taxes in the form of livestock.
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