According to BBC, the terrorist Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed in an operation in Mali.
France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly said Droukdel along with members of his inner circle had been killed in the northof the country.
She said Droukdel was in charge of all the al-Qaeda affiliates in north Africa and also commanded the Sahel-based group JNIM.
His death was a “severe blow to the terrorist groups”, she said.
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