A government spokesperson calls for an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States to resolve the issue of 46 soldiers detained by Mali's military government.
The coalition, known as the Platform, said several hundred militants attacked its fighters and forced them to retreat near Talataye in the Gao region — long a hotspot for violence.
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Mali's government says the 49 soldiers at the centre of the controversy were detained after landing on a special flight without supporting documents and has described them as mercenaries.
The alleged massacre took place on market day in Hombori municipality, in the central region of Douentza, after a Mali military convoy hit an improvised explosive device.
Bamako blames Paris for committing "frequent violations" of its airspace and collecting intelligence "for the benefit of terrorist groups."
Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop also condemns what he calls the "repetitive and frequent violations" of Malian airspace by French forces.
The last soldiers belonging to France's Barkhane operation in Mali left the African country after nearly a decade, following President Macron's decision to pull out.
Mali's junta has denied flyover rights to a UN peacekeeping mission, causing Germany to halt its operations in the African country.
Sophisticated weekend attack involving drones, explosives, car bombs and artillery leaves 42 soldiers dead and 22 others wounded, say officials of the troubled African country.
New threats of US sanctions against African countries will drive them out of America’s sphere of influence and push them towards a new world order being carved out by the East.
The attack took place in the town of Sona, in the Koutiala area, near Mali's border with Burkina Faso.
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