The attack on Malian soldiers in Indelimane in the Menaka region near the Niger border is one of the deadliest in the last decade.
At least 54 people have been killed in Mali following a jihadist attack on Friday.
The Malian army were targeted on a military post in Indelimane, in the Menaka region near the border with Niger, according to the government.
At least 53 soldiers and one civilian are understood to have died.
It is the second major assault on soldiers in a month, and one of the deadliest in the last decade.
Malian communications minister Yaya Sangare confirmed the deaths in a tweet, saying that the identification of bodies is now under way.
Source: Sky News