Two Malian soldiers were killed early Sunday in northern Mali in an attack on their post blamed on jihadists, the army announced on social networks.

An “armed terrorist group” attacked the Niafunke post in the early hours, the army said, using a term commonly used to refer to jihadists.

“The toll is two dead on the FAMa (Malian Armed Forces) side and five dead on the attackers’ side,” it added.

The deaths are the first announced by the Malian army since a January 5 report of six deaths during clashes in November and December.

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