In Mali, Africa, French forces confirmed the killing of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid in the French offensive in Mali last Saturday. Abou Zeid is one of the most feared commanders of the terrorist group al-Qaida that resides in Africa.
Abou Zeid raised millions of dollars by kidnapping western hostages. His death deals a fatal blow to al-Qaida’s North African forces and the Islamist rebels fighting against the French in Northern Mali. It was, however, a great victory to the French forces. However, the location of Abou Zeid’s other French hostages are still in question.
France’s recent DNA tests confirms the identity of Abou Zeid and had made an official statement to different world news groups.
France first launched an offensive against Mali through an air and ground campaign from January 11 because the terrorists presented a threat to international security. The Islamists have backed a Tuareg rebellion in Mali that had demoralized Mali’s army, which easily led to the invasion of the terrorist group.
The French Mali Offensive had been hit back with several Islamist militant suicide bombings and the al-Qaida Northern Forces confirmed through their spokesman that they had beheaded a French hostage because of Paris’ attacks. The French government continues to worry and work on the 14 hostages the Northern Forces still hold.