Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's Official: France's Hollande Confirms That Al Qaeda In Islamic Maghreb Leader, Abou Zeid, Was Killed In Late February

The story comes from Times of India.

France confirms death of African al-Qaida leader Abou Zeid

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande's office confirmed on Saturday that one of the key leaders of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), AbdelhamidAbouZeid, had been killed in fighting with French-led forces in northern Mali.

Hollande "confirms Abdelhamid Abou Zeid's death with certainty during fighting led by the French army in the Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali in late February," the Elysee palace said in a statement, saying the death of "one of the main leaders of AQIM marks an important stage in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel."

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