Two key jihadist leaders killed in French army raid in Mali

French special forces killed two key jihadist leaders in a raid in Mali, one of whom has been linked to the kidnapping and execution of foreigners, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Amada Ag Hama, known as “Abdelkrim the Tuareg”, who is believed to have masterminded the kidnapping of two French journalists who were murdered in Mali in 2013, was one of those killed in the raid in northern Mali.

He was a leader of an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) battalion and a former lieutenant of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the AQIM leaders killed fighting the French army in northern Mali in February 2013.

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Abdelkrim was among four jihadists killed in the raid, along with another key figure Ibrahim Ag Inawalen, known as “Bana”.

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Source News: Gulf Times