The Malian army has launched a joint operation with forces from neighbouring Burkina Faso in response to the attack [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters]

At least 25 Malian soldiers have been killed and scores are missing after fighters aboard heavily armed vehicles raided two army camps in the central Mopti region, according to a government spokesman.

Yaya Sangare announced the toll in a statement late on Tuesday. 

“Four soldiers were wounded, around 60 are missing and there were heavy equipment losses,” he said. 

The raids began on Sunday evening, targeting army camps in Boulkessi and Mondoro, near the border with Burkina Faso. The bases are home to a Malian battalion of the regional G5 Sahel Force. 

Sangare said the Malian army has launched an operation “to

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