The leader of Al-Qaeda’s north Africa affiliate in the Islamic Maghreb has been killed in a French military operation following a seven-year hunt.
Abdelmalek Droukdel and members of his inner circle of the terrorist group were killed on Wednesday during an operation in Mali, where thousands of French troops have been deployed to battle the Jihadist groups in the area.
French Defence Minister, Florence party made the announcement on Twitter last night.
A senior Islamic State group commander, Mohamed el Mrabat was also captured in May.
On June 3, French army forces and local security agencies killed al-Qaeda most leaders during an operation in northern Mali.
Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria.
The AQIM group who have made millions of dollars abducting foreigners over the years operates across northern mali, niger, Mauritania and Algeria.