Al-Qaeda North Africa chief killed: What next for the region?

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Al-Qaeda North Africa chief killed: What next for the region?

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was killed this week by French forces in Mali.

Although Abdelmalek Droukdel had a low public profile, he was one of the most powerful Islamist warlords in the region and his death is likely to have an impact on jihadist groups there.

Here is a round-up of views on Thursday’s incident and how it might have on the volatile region.

– How was he killed? –

Droukdel and other AQIM leaders met in a river valley in northern Mali late on June 3, according to a local source.

The remote desert valley, some 20 kilometres from the Algerian border, is often used as a watering hole for animals.

French forces moved quickly, first with an air strike that hit a vehicle, then with half a dozen helicopters and ground troops.

Droukdel was killed in the fighting along with AQIM’s propagandist Toufik Chaib.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper