Islamic State Greater Sahara leader killed by French forces

French president announced the news, no details

16 September, 13:06

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 16 SET - The head of the jihadist group the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahrawi, has been "neutralized" by French forces, French president Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday on Twitter.

    He called it "another greater success" in the country's fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.

    ISGS is believed to be behind most of the attacks in recent years in the area of "three borders" between Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.

    Sahrawi was born in Morocco's El-Aaiún, in Marocco and in 2010 he joined a faction of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, later becoming its spokesman.

    In 2013 he declared himself the head of an organization called the Mujahideen Shura Council in Gao, Mali.

    In 2015 he declared his loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and has been linked to several attacks.

    In 2019, the US offered 5 million dollars to anyone providing information leading to his capture or killing. (ANSAmed).

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