The leader of Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), the Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdal, He was killed by French forces in northern Mali, near the Algerian border, Minister of Armies said on Twitter on Friday Florence Parly, confirming information obtained by the AFP. This historical Islamist chief in Maghreb, commander of several jihadist groups in the Sahel, was killed Thursday in the northwestern Malian city of Tessalit, AFP learned. “Several of his close collaborators” were also “neutralized,” according to the minister. “Abdelmalek Droukdal, a member of the Al Qaeda steering committee, commanded all the troops of the terrorist organization of North Africa and the Sahelian fringe, among them the JNIM, one of the main terrorist groups active in the Sahel, “according to Parly. The head of the AQMI received the support of several jihadist groups active in the Sahel, gathered since 2017 in the Islam Support Group and to Muslims (GSIM), led by the Malian Tuareg Iyad Ag Ghaly.The French anti-jihadist force Barkhane, With more than 5,000 soldiers, it has increased offensives in Sahel in recent months to try to stop the spiral of violence that, together with inter-community conflicts, caused 4,000 deaths in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso last year, five times more than in 2016, according to the UN.
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