French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a army chief of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, throughout an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly mentioned on Friday.
The former Malian military colonel, also referred to as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the chief of Mali’s most outstanding jihadi group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has repeatedly attacked troopers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso.
“A historic figure of the jihadist movement in the Sahel, Bah ag Moussa is considered responsible for several attacks against Malian and international forces”, Parly mentioned in a press release.
Moussa, who was on the U.S. terrorism checklist, was killed on Tuesday after an operation involving field troops and helicopters and comes after a series of operations which have seen French forces kill dozens of Islamist fighters in latest weeks.
“This is a major success in the fight against terrorism,” Parly mentioned.
Former colonial energy France has greater than 5,100 personnel outspread throughout the area with a big portion in Mali working towards rising militancy.