Paris, November 24: The anti-terrorism forces of the French Army have killed at least 30 Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in central Mali. The Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly said in a tweet that a Hamadoun Kouffa may be among the dead in the operation.
Florence Parly said in a Twitter statement on Friday that a chief jihadi leader, Hamadoun Kouffa, may be among the dead in the operation overnight Thursday into Friday. Kouffa is the head of Katibat Macina, a predominantly Fulani jihadi group that is a member of al-Qaeda-linked militants, known by the acronym JNIM.
Kouffa is the head of Katibat Macina, a predominantly Fulani group that is a member of Al-Qaida-linked terrorists. The ministry of armed forces says the attack combined airstrikes, helicopter assaults and ground engagement by French soldiers. Operation Barkhane is France's largest overseas military deployment with 3 000 French troops in the Sahel region.
This comes weeks after the killing of another jihadist head in the Gourma region between Timbuktu and Mopti.