The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, Minusma, has condemned the killing of seven soldiers in an attack on a convoy they were in.
El-Ghassim Wane termed it a "cowardly attack".
The UN convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device in the Bandiagara region of central Mali.
The soldiers who were killed were Togolese.
Togo is the second largest contributor of troops to Minusma from the West African regional bloc Ecowas.
The country has recorded several losses of soldiers in recent years in the framework of this mission.
Minusma says the latest attack involving improvised an explosive devices is an urgent reminder of the need to increase efforts to stabilise central Mali.