Key jihadist linked to French journalists’ murders killed in Mali

French special forces have killed two “terrorist chiefs” in Mali, the defence ministry said Wednesday. The jihadist leaders include Abdelkrim al-Targui, who has been linked to the 2013 kidnapping and murders of two French journalists in Mali.

A French special forces operation during the night of May 17 and 18 resulted in the killing of four jihadists, including “two important terrorist chiefs,” said a French defence ministry statement released Wednesday. The statement named the two key jihadist figures as Amada Ag Hama — also known as “Abdelkrim the Touareg” or Abdelkrim al-Targui — and Ibrahim Ag Inawalen, alias “Bana”.