France says it killed Islamic State (IS) leader in the Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Wednesday evening that al-Sahrawi had been “neutralized by French forces”, but gave no further details. He calls the death of al-Sahrawi a “great success”.
It is not clear where, when and how al-Sahrawi was killed. Rumors of the terrorist leader’s death have been circulating for weeks, but authorities in the region have not yet confirmed his death. IS is active in the Sahara on the border between Mali and Niger. The French army has been stationed in the area since 2013 to support the Malian government in its fight against jihadist groups. A UN peacekeeping mission is also stationed in the region.
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Al-Sahrawi has claimed responsibility, among other things, for a 2017 attack in Niger that killed four American servicemen and four people from the Niger army. The group has also kidnapped foreigners in the Sahel and is believed to still be holding American Jeffrey Woodke, who was kidnapped from his home in Niger in 2016.
Last June, French troops in Mali also killed a jihadist believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists in 2013. At the end of last year, French soldiers killed a key terrorist leader in the same area who “was a historical figure within the jihadist movement in Mali.” the Sahel” would have been.
Emmanuel macron Emmanuel Macron Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces. This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.