Mali: French military claims capture of Islamic State figure

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“French troops in Mali have captured a senior member of the Sahel affiliate of the Islamic State group, the French military said Wednesday. ‘In the night of 11-12 June, an operation of the Barkhane force allowed the capture of Oumeya Ould Albakaye, a senior figure in the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (IS-GS),’ a spokesman for the chief of staff told AFP. The capture comes as France prepares to complete its withdrawal from Mali after almost a decade battling a jihadist insurgency in the country. Albakaye will be held by French forces for questioning for several days and then handed to the Malian authorities, the military added.” (06/15/22)