Militants in central Mali have attacked an army post near the border with Burkina Faso, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five.
The Malian army has sent reinforcements to the area to track down the attackers and assess the damage.
The defence ministry says the attack took place on Sunday morning in village where a Malian army contingent is based.
Its spokesman says some soldiers who fled the attack ended up across the border in Burkina Faso.
So far it is not clear who carried out the raid but government officials say this is the latest example of the jihadist activity that has been on the rise in region - targeting mostly army positions.
Last Thursday three groups active in the Sahel region announced a merger to form one organisation.
The factions that make up this alliance, linked to al-Qaeda, have carried out repeated attacks in the region, even spreading south to new territory.