At least three Malian soldiers have been killed and five more injured as a result of the militants’ attack on a military unit in the central part of the country, the army said in a statement.
The army is said to have captured two military vehicles left at the site of the attack.
The situation in Mali was significantly destabilised in late August over a coup that began on the Kati military base near the capital of Bamako.
The rebels detained President Ibrahim Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and some other senior government officials.
Keita then announced his resignation and dissolution of the parliament.
Later, he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.