MALI SAYS PROMINENT JIHADIST LEADER KOUFA KILLED DURING RAID BY FRENCH FORCES

BAMAKO– Mali’s army said it had confirmed the death of Amadou Koufa, one of the most prominent jihadist leaders in the country, in a raid by French forces on Thursday night.

I confirm that Amadou Koufa was killed during the operation, Malian army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone said Saturday. He declined to elaborate.

France’s army had said on Friday that Koufa may have been killed in the operation in the central Mopti region that put out of action about 30 militants.

Koufa, a radical preacher, was one of the top deputies to Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali’s most prominent jihadi group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has repeatedly attacked soldiers and civilians in Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso.

Those attacks have shifted Mali’s six-year-old insurgency from the remote desert north closer to its populous south and prompted France and the United States to deploy thousands of troops across West Africa’s semi-arid region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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