The French anti-militant force Barkhane in the Sahel region announced on Friday that it had killed in Mali near the border with Burkina Faso one of the “important” leaders of a jihadist group specializing in the laying of artisanal mines.
The force said it succeeded Thursday in “neutralizing” Umaru Mobo Modi, whom it described as the leader of an IED planter network, in the Hombori region during an operation “in coordination” with the forces. Malian and American armies. The force uses the word “neutralize” to confirm that the target has been killed.
The US military provides logistical and intelligence support to French forces in the Sahel region.
Barkhan said: “Omaru Mobo Modi was an important leader of Ansar al-Islam, directly linked to Jaafar Deko, the group’s emir, and he worked in the area of the RN16 (national road 16) between Gosi and Gao and mainly supervised the planting of improvised explosive devices “the militants’ favorite weapon. She added that this” respected commander “could” bring a hundred men to carry out massive attacks on the spot. “
He created the Ansar al-Islam group in 2016 in Burkina Faso on the border with Mali, a Burkinabé preacher named Ibrahim Malam Dicko.
This group, which first appeared in northern Burkina Faso, has links with the Amadou Koufa group, which is in the “Al-Qaida” orbit in the Sahel region and is active in central Mali. He claimed responsibility for several attacks in northern Burkina Faso during his early years of operation.
The number of operations adopted by “Ansar al-Islam” decreased considerably after the death of Ibrahim Malam Deko. He was replaced by his brother Jaafar Decaux.
Experts on the conflict in the Sahel have indicated that members of the group have joined other jihadist groups in the region, without any confirmation of this information on the ground.
Central Mali is one of the main hotbeds of conflict in the Sahel region.
Sixteen Malian soldiers were killed there on Wednesday in an ambush attributed to militants.