DAKAR: The North Africa branch of Al Qaeda (AQIM) has appointed a new leader and confirmed the death of its former leader Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed by the French army in June, the SITE Intelligence Group announced on Saturday.
US-based SITE, which monitors jihadist websites, said AQIM first featured the corpse of its former leader in a video.
The French army killed Droukdel in Mali after hunting him for more than seven years in the Sahel region.
AQIM said that after Droukdel’s death, another Algerian, Sheikh Mujahid Yazid Mubarak, also known as Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Annabi, was chosen as his successor.
The group also confirmed the death of Swiss Beatrice Stockly, kidnapped in the Malian city of Timbuktu in January 2016.
(Written by Bate Felix; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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