Al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa had claimed responsibility for killing two French soldiers who died when an improvised explosive device hit their armored vehicle in eastern Mali, Site Intelligence Group reported on Monday.
The soldiers were on reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering missions in the eastern region of Menaka when the blast occurred.
The new leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is a veteran among the armed groups wreaking in North Africa.
According to the SITE, Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi, an Algerian national born in 1969, replaced Abdelmalek Droukdel following his killing by French forces in Mali last June, a monitoring group.
“Al-Annabi, also known as Yazid Mubarak, is an Algerian national. The U.S. State Department designated him as a terrorist in 2015 and identified him as the group’s media chief and leader of its Council of Notables. In the 20-minute video published by SITE Intelligence Group, AQIM also confirmed the death of Beatrice Stockly –– a Swiss missionary abducted from Mali’s northern city of Timbuktu in January 2016. The insurgents said she died during a failed attempt by ‘French crusaders’ to rescue her”, world.wng.org, reports. Partial Source: Reuters.