Top jihadist killed in Sahel


French troops killed a leading Sahel jihadist last month, France’s defence minister said.

Ali Maychou was second in command of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an umbrella group for al Qaeda-linked insurgents in West Africa’s Sahara.

Violence by Islamist militants proliferates in the sparsely-populated Sahel, with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State using central and Northern Mali as a launch pad for attacks across the region.