According to the statement, the two attacks, claimed by the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), targeted the passengers of the boat "Tombouctou" and a military camp of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) in Gao region.
"In response to this double attack, a combined air-land action by our valiant FAMa made it possible to neutralize around 50 terrorists," the statement said.
The Malian army said on social networks that the boat had been attacked on the stretch of the Niger River between Timbuktu and Gao, in the north of the country.
#Bamako: At least 49 civilians and 15 soldiers were killed in a dual terrorist attack in northern Mali, the government said in a statement. pic.twitter.com/yD7NFJ8LlG