French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced on Friday that Abdelmalek Droukdel, the commander of al-Qaeda North Africa, had been killed by French forces in northern Mali.

“On June 3, the French armed forces, with the support of their partners, neutralized the emir of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), Abdelmalek Droukdal and several of his close collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” Parly said in a French statement on Twitter.



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