At least 53 Malian soldiers and a civilian were killed on Friday by militants who attacked a military post, a government spokesman said.

“Following the attack of the FAMa (Armed Forces of Mali) position in Indelimane, the reinforcements dispatched found 54 bodies including 1 civilian, 10 survivors & found significant material damage,” Yaya Sangare said in a short statement on Twitter.

The Malian government has described the incident as a terrorist attack. Sangare said they were currently conducting a sweep and clear operation and identifying the dead.

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