Abdelmalek Droukdal was a member of the Al-Qaida steering committee and commanded all Qaida groups in North Africa and the Sahel strip.
Al Qaeda leader in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdal, was killed by French forces in northern Mali, near the Algerian border, Minister of Armies Florence Parly announced on Friday June 5 on Twitter , confirming information obtained by AFP.
This historic head of jihad in the Maghreb, commander of several Sahelian jihadist groups, was killed Thursday in the northwest of the Malian city of Tessalit, AFP learned.
“On June 3, the French armed forces, with the support of their partners, neutralized the emir Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), Abdelmalek Droukdal and several of his close collaborators, during an operation in the north of Mali, ” wrote Florence Parly.
Abdelmalek Droukdal was a member of the Al-Qaida steering committee and commanded all Qaida groups in North Africa and the Sahel strip, including the Islam and Muslim Support Group (JNIM), one of the main terrorist groups active in the Sahel, said the minister, who congratulated the forces involved in the operation.