Emmanuel Macron has said French military forces have killed the leader Islamic state in Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi.
“It is another great success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the French president said said Wednesday night, without disclosing the location of the operation.
Sahrawi was the historical leader of Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa, and his group targeted American soldiers in a deadly attack in Niger in 2017, Said Macron’s office.
In August 2020, Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerian driver, it added.
Macron said in July that France would soon begin to reshape its force in the Sahel, where it has been at the forefront of the fight against Islamist militants, and would eventually halve its military presence.
With no apparent end in view of France’s operations and political unrest, especially in Mali, Paris had become frustrated.
“Tonight, the nations think of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Serval and Barkhane operations, of the bereaved families, of all its wounded,” Macron said in a tweet. “Their sacrifice is not in vain. With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight. ”