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France says head of Islamic State in Sahara has been killed

France Abu Dhabi
Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi
Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-15 22:04:50-04

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's president says the head of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has been killed.

Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was a major success for French forces in the Sahel.

The French military has been fighting Islamic extremists in the Sahel region where it was once the colonial power since a 2013 military intervention in northern Mali.

It was not immediately clear where al-Sahrawi was killed, though the Islamic State group is active along the border between Mali and Niger.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or to know how the remains had been identified.