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France Claims Death Of Top Extremist Leader In Mali


The National

France Claims Death Of Top Extremist Leader In Mali

French defence minister says Ali Maychou was second most wanted militant in Sahel

France on Tuesday announced the death of a top extremist leader in Mali as it sought to reassure the West African nation of European support in the fight against militants.

French troops killed Moroccan Ali Maychou, co-founder of a group named GSIM, in Mali last month.

Defence Minister Florence Parly made the announcement aboard a government plane as she returned from an official visit to the region.

Maychou was "the second most-wanted terrorist in the Sahel", after GSIM's number one, Iyad Ag Ghaly, Ms Parly told AFP.

A collection of extremist groups linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the GSIM was launched in 2017 and has claimed responsibility for the biggest attacks in the Sahel.

Ag Ghaly is a Tuareg Malian who has been involved in militancy for nearly three decades.

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/africa/france-claims-death-of-top-extremist-leader-in-mali-1.933809