Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Islamist chief 'likely' killed in Mali

05 March 2013, 07:35

Paris - Top Islamist militant leader Abdelhamid Abou Zeid has "likely" been killed in Mali as reported by Chadian forces, the French army's chief of staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, said on Monday.

"It is likely, but it is only likely," Guillaud said when asked on Europe 1 radio about the killing, adding that French authorities cannot "have any certainty right now because we have not recovered the body".

On the reported killing of another Islamist rebel leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Guillaud was more sceptical, saying: "I am extremely cautious."

He also said the French army "has no information" about where French hostages being held in the Sahel region may currently be located. He said it was "possible" they had been moved.

He said French forces in Mali had uncovered an "industrial terrorist organisation" in the northeast, where French and Chadian troops are hunting down Islamist rebels driven from northern Mali's main cities by a lightning French-led offensive launched in mid-January.

French forces have so far found more than 50 weapons caches, a dozen workshops and 20 improvised explosive devices, he said.

Guillaud said the military operation was dealing a fatal blow to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), the leading militant group in the region.

"We are breaking the back of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, that was the goal set by the president," he said.

He said the French military was not surprised that fighting had intensified in recent days as Islamist rebels have been cornered in mountain hideouts.

"We knew this would be the hardest part of this campaign," Guillaud said.



Somalia fighting: 30 dead, 40 000 flee

01 December 2015, 07:52

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
I just can't wash his dishes

I just can't wash his dishes.

Submitted by
William Korir
KNUT, Sossion meet new Education ...

The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT bosses, their Post Primary Counterparts KUPPET and other stakeholders met with new Education CS Fred Matiang'i in a closed door meeting Monday to discuss the way forward as regards the teachers pay saga. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Cancer patient's murder an isolat...

The murder of a cancer patient at the Kenyatta National Hospital was an isolated case, the Hospital has said, urging Kenyans not to speculate on the circumstances of the killing. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Kenyans to march to State House o...

A group of Kenyans will march to State House to present a petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta over a number of issues affecting the country. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wafula
Leaflets found in Bungoma warning...

County Commissioner, Mohamed Maalim has said that they have identified two people who are behind authoring of leaflets threatening individuals who are non Bukusus. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
3 signs your man is lying to you

Is the man you are with lying to you? Read more...