France declares it killed al Qaeda military leader in Mali

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    French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, during an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

    The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali’s most prominent jihadi group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso.

    This is a major success in the fight against terrorism,” Parly said.

    Former colonial power France has more than 5,100 personnel spread across the region with a large portion in Mali operating against rising militancy.