"They are attacking all communities without exception," the statement added.
The attack was confirmed by an official from the government in Menaka, the main city in the area.
"Armed men on motorbikes overran the market in Injagalane," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
There have been a string of attacks across Mali in recent months, highlighting the fragile security situation in the West African nation as it prepares to hold elections on July 29.
Mali's unrest stems from a 2012 ethnic Tuareg separatist uprising, which was exploited by jihadists in order to take over key cities in the north.
The extremists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.
But large stretches of the country remain outside of the control of the foreign and Malian forces, which are frequent targets of attacks, despite a peace accord signed with Tuareg leaders in mid-2015 aimed at isolating the jihadists.
The violence has also spilled over into both Burkina Faso and Niger.
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