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Africa, France captures one of the top ISGS leaders in Sahel

France captures one of the top ISGS leaders in Sahel. Oumeya Ould Albakaye was arrested in a raid by Operation Barkhane between Mali and Niger. He was the head of pro-ISIS jihadists in the provinces of Gourma and Oudalan

ISGS suffers a very hard blow in the Sahel: the capture of one of its top leaders, Oumeya Ould Albakaye, by the French troops of Operation Barkhane between Mali and Niger. The man was arrested in the night between 11 and 12 June during a targeted raid, which had been prepared for weeks. Albakaye, an explosives expert, was the head of pro-ISIS jihadists in the provinces of Gourma and Oudalan, respectively in Mali and Burkina Faso. Furthermore, it is believed that he was one of the potential successors for the leadership of the group, after the death of the old leader – Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi – killed by the Paris forces in August 2021. The commander was interrogated a few days by the French military and then it was handed over to the Malian authorities. Meanwhile, Paris is completing its withdrawal from the African country, which should end within a few months with the handover of the Gao military base to Bamako’s troops.

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