Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralized by French forces,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Thursday.
“This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron said, without giving the location or the details of the operation.
The jihadist leader was behind the murder of French aid workers in 2020 and was also wanted by the United States for a deadly 2017 attack on American troops in Niger.
The Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is responsible for most of the jihadist attacks in the region of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The flashpoint “three-border” area is frequently the target of ISGS and the Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM).
ISGS carried out deadly attacks against civilians and soldiers in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The United States had offered a reward of $ 5 million for information on the fate of Saharawi, who was wanted for an October 4, 2017 attack in Niger that killed four US special forces and four Nigerien soldiers.
On August 9, 2020, in Niger, the head of ISGS personally ordered the assassination of six French humanitarian workers and their Nigerien guides and drivers.