French forces killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of the North African wing of al-Qaeda, during an operation in northeastern Mali, according to the French government.
The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali’s largest jihadist group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin , who repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians. in Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso.
“Historical figure of the jihadist movement in the Sahel, Bah ag Moussa is considered responsible for several attacks against Malian and international forces,” French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly said on Friday.
Moussa, who was on US and United Nations lists of designated terrorists, was killed Tuesday after an operation involving ground troops and helicopters.
“This is a major achievement in the fight against terrorism,” Parly said.
This follows a series of operations that have seen French forces kill dozens of Islamist fighters in recent weeks.
France’s defense ministry said Friday evening that the latest resulted in the deaths of dozens of people identified as militant fighters during an air and ground operation in southern Mali on Thursday.
Australian Associated Press