Soldiers of France with the logo of 'Operation Barkhane' – REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIER – Archive
The Government of France announced on Tuesday that its troops killed Abú Abderahman al Maghrebi in October, alias 'Alí Maichu', the 'number two' of the Islam and Muslims Support Group, branch of Al Qaeda in Mali.
“On October 9, France eliminated the 'number two' of the Islam and Muslim Support Group in the Sahel, linked to Al Qaeda,” said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.
Thus, he has indicated through his Twitter social network account that Maichu was “a religious leader, a recruiter and the 'brain' of numerous attacks, as well as a craftsman of hate.”
On 'Ali Maichu', of Moroccan nationality, sanctions from the United States Department of the Treasury weighed since July of this year, which he said had an operational role in the activities of the jihadist group.
The Islam and Muslim Support Group was created in March 2017 following the union under the aegis of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) of the Ansar Dine groups, the Macina Front and Al Murabitún, the latter headed by the prominent Algerian jihadist Mojtar Belmojtar.
Security has deteriorated in recent months in the Sahel region, especially in Mali, Burkina Faso and western Niger, where loyal al Qaeda and Islamic State are present, as well as indigenous jihadist groups.
The attacks have also helped encourage ethnic violence between communities of farmers and pastoralists, especially in Mali and Burkina Faso.
The group recently claimed the attacks carried out on September 30 against two military bases located in the center of Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso – where it has also carried out attacks -, which resulted in the deaths of about 40 soldiers .