Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali by French forces
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Al-Qaeda commander has been killed by French troops in .has confirmed that the senior
Abou Zeid is a senior commander in thewho are fighting French-backed Malian forces, he was killed along with 40 other militants four days ago in the mountain range. He is believed to have been behind the abduction of 20 Westeners as well as the killings of British national in 2009 and French national Michel Germaneau in 2010.
President Deby said in a statement on Friday: "Chadian forces killed two jihadi leaders, including Abou Zeid", "On February 22, we lost several soldiers in the Ifogha mountains after destroying the jihadists' base. This was the first time there was a direct confrontation with the jihadists". Chadian troops have been involved in helping to fight off troops as part of a wider African force and they have been playing a key role in trying to free Northern Mali.
Aspokesperson, warned that reports of his death were as yet unconfirmed. Al-Qaeda are currently holding seven French nationals hostages in and there are no confirmed reports that they have been executed.
- "Chad President Deby: Al-Qaeda's Abou Zeid killed in Mali" — , March 2, 2013
- Diouara. "Mali locals say no doubt Qaeda commander Abou Zeid dead" — , March 1, 2013
- "Chadian troops 'kill' al-Qaeda leader in Mali" — , March 1, 2013
- Ségolène Allemandou. "Al Qaeda silent on French hostages in Mali" — , February 2, 2013