Islamic State’s West African affiliate claimed responsibility for an attack on an army patrol in northern Mali that killed 30 soldiers, according to a statement published by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Dozens of soldiers were wounded in the ambush on Monday in Tabankort in Mali’s Gao region, the army said.
The attack was the third major strike against Malian forces in the past two months by jihadist groups. The militants are mounting sophisticated operations across the Sahel region, a narrow band of scrubland below the Sahara.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on an army post in early November that killed at least 53 soldiers and an al Qaeda affiliate carried out co-ordinated raids in September killing 38 soldiers.