One of Mali’s top jihadist leaders has been killed in a raid by French forces, the Malian army says.
It says Amadou Koufa died in Friday’s operation in the central Mopti region.
France earlier suggested that Koufa might be among about 30 Islamists “put out of action” in the raid.
The radical preacher is described as a senior member of the Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) group that has carried out frequent attacks in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso.
“I confirm that Amadou Koufa was killed during the operation,” Malian army spokesman Col Diarran Kone told Reuters news agency on Saturday. He declined to provide any further details.
The French army had earlier said that its operation targeted a base controlled by Koufa. Read more