The army and defense ministry of Mali say troops killed five gunmen during a clash with an armed group in the central Mopti region.
Attacks on Western and Malian targets have increased in recent months and spread further south to the capital Bamako despite peacekeeping efforts by a U.N. mission that took over from France.
Army spokesman Colonel Souleymane Maiga said the army destroyed a base previously used to attack U.N. and army convoys traveling to and from the northern town of Gao.
Defense ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone did not identify the militant group involved in the latest clash, which took place on Tuesday.
The clash occurs in weeks following a concerted effort by French and Malian forces to push south through Timbuktu and into Mopti.
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