The leader of the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi has died following a French strike.
He was targeted by France after a group of French aid workers, African civilians and US troops were attacked by the group last year.
His group was also behind an attack that occurred back in 2017 where US and Niger military personnel were killed.
His death was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron, with his office stating that al-Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French aid workers and their Nigerian colleagues during an attack last year.
The strike was conducted by France’s Operation Barkhane a few weeks ago but authorities wanted certainty in relation to al-Sahrawi’s identity before making the announcement, according to French Defence Minister Florence Parly.
While stating that al-Sahrawi was “at the origin of massacres and terror”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged African governments to fill the void and seize ground that was taken by IS extremists.