One Malian soldier was killed in a gun attack while at least three others died in a landmine explosion in the country's north on Thursday, military sources told AFP.
"A Malian soldier was shot dead in an ambush Thursday morning on the outskirts of Timbuktu," said an army officer in the northwestern desert city, adding that the soldier was driving a military vehicle when he came under attack.
"The shooter is on the run," he added.
Elsewhere, at least three other troops died when their vehicle hit an explosive device near the city of Gao, army spokesman Colonel Souleymane Maiga said.
"The (vehicle at the) head of our convoy hit a mine 37 kilometres (22 miles) southwest of Gao, near Douentza. We deplore the death of three of our own," he said.
Another Malian security source confirmed the information and told AFP that two other soldiers in the convoy were "in critical condition".
Northern Mali fell under the control of Tuareg rebels and groups linked to Al-Qaeda in 2012.
The rebels sidelined the Tuareg to take sole control but were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.
Large swathes of Mali remain lawless however despite a June peace deal between the former Tuareg rebels and rival pro-government armed groups.