Jihadists decapitate Malian accused of informing for French army

Malians walk past billboard left by group linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, on January 30, 2013, in Gao, a key Islamist stronghold until it was retaken by French, Malian troops in French-led offensive against Al Qaeda-linked rebels Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Militants from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) decapitated a Malian this week that they accused of aiding France’s anti-jihadist operation in the region, security sources said Saturday.

“A Malian civilian accused of collaborating with French forces in the Barkhane operation was executed and decapitated by AQIM this week,” a military source with the United Nations’ MINUSMA mission in Mali said of Thursday’s killing in the marketplace in Tichift, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Timbuktu.

An official with a regional security service said AQIM fighters also distributed a tract to people in the market, threatening the same treatment to “all other traitors working against Islam for foreign forces in the Muslim land of northern Mali”…