French forces in Mali kill senior Islamist wanted by U.S.

December 11, 2014 11:39 AM

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PARIS (Reuters) - French forces in Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States during an overnight operation in the northern region of Gao, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Ahmed al Tilemsi was a founding member of the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), which merged with fighters loyal to veteran Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar to form al Mourabitoun last year.

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