Saturday, March 23, 2013

France says "with certainty" al Qaeda's Abou Zeid killed in Mali

France said on Saturday it could confirm "with certainty" that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of al Qaeda's most feared commanders in Africa, had been killed in Mali in February as part of a French-led military offensive.

The death of Abou Zeid, accused of earning al Qaeda millions of dollars through the kidnappings of dozens of Western hostages, marks a serious blow to al Qaeda in the region and to Islamist rebels driven out of northern Mali's towns by the French-led campaign.