At least 10 Malian soldiers were killed today in an attack on their camp in the restive north blamed on jihadists, military sources and a local official told AFP.
In a separate incident, the Malian military said its forces came under attack in the town of Youwarou, also near Mopti, but that they had repelled it.
"Ten of our men were killed in action this Saturday during a cowardly terrorist attack on the Soumpi camp".
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion but militants loyal to IS are known to operate in the area.
"The soldiers abandoned their position".
Army spokesman Col. Diarran Kone confirmed the attack, and the army said it was back in charge of the camp Saturday afternoon.
Al-Qaeda fighters in coalition with the Azawad movement took control of the vast desert in northern Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.
Despite the presence of a peacekeeping mission and troops operating under a regional French anti-militant mission, violence is again on the rise and attacks are spreading farther south toward the capital, Bamako.
"These barbaric attacks will not scare us".
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission for the Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA), has condemned the carnage that resulted from a deadly landmine explosion in the central region of the country on Thursday.At least 26 people were killed when the vehicle they were traveling on drove on a mine.
The Burkina Faso government says authorities are working to identify the victims, who had been travelling for a weekly market.
But analysts doubt they will be able to do so purely through military means.