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A report coming from a reliable source has confirmed that the head of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has been killed by France govt.
Adnan Abu Walid al Sahraoui was considered responsible for the majority of jihadist attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. France president on Wednesday Emmanuel Macron said that the operation was “a great success in the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”
Adnan Abu Walid al Sahraoui, was “neutralized” by French forces, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.
“Adnan Abu Walid al Sahraoui, head of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Greater Sahara, has been neutralized by French forces, ” Macron announced.
Elysee said that the leader of the group, considered responsible for most of the attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, was “dead”.
“This is a new great success in the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron added.
Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, chef of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Grand Sahara, is neutralized by the French forces. Il s’agit d’un nouveau succes majeur dans fights that nous menons against the terrorist groups in the Sahel.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron)
September 15, 2021
According to French Defense Minister Florence Parly , the EIGS leader “died after an attack by the Barkhane force” , an anti-jihadist operation deployed by France in the area.
Founded in 2015 by Walid al Sahraoui, a former member of the Saharawi Polisario Front and the Al Qaeda movement of the Islamic Maghreb , the EIGS group had been identified by France as a “priority enemy” in the Sahel.
This area is the usual scene of the actions of two jihadist groups : the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) and the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims, linked to Al Qaeda.
EIGS has carried out particularly deadly attacks against civilians and the military in what is known as the “tri-border zone”.
On August 9, 2020, in Niger , the head of the group personally ordered the murder of six French humanitarian workers and the Nigerian guide and driver accompanying them.
He was also wanted by the United States for an October 2017 ambush in southwestern Niger , near Mali, in which four US special forces soldiers and four Nigerians were killed.
In June and July, the French army had killed or captured different senior officials from the EIGS branch.
After eight years of significant ties with the Sahel, President Macron announced in June a reduction of the French military presence in the area and the end of the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane.