Ten soldiers from the African country Chad were killed in northern Mali Sunday while they were engaged in combat with Islamist militants in the country's mountainous border with Algeria.
The deaths occurred in the same area where 13 Chadian soldiers were killed Friday.
The area has turned into a base for the Islamist terrorists, who regrouped there after losing urban areas to the French-led offensive.
"In the course of the clean-up operations, the bodies of 28 other terrorists were found in the combat zone ... Ten more of our soldiers fell," said a statement from the army general staff read on state radio.
"The final toll from the clashes ... and clean-up that followed is as follows: 93 terrorists ... on the side of the enemy. We deplore the deaths of 23 soldiers and 30 wounded," the statement said.