French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced on Friday that French special operations forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a senior military leader of JNIM, al-Qaeda’s North African wing. In a separate operation, 30 JNIM jihadists were killed in central Mali the French Defense Ministry announced.

The French ministry said that the 30 terrorists were killed by mountain commandos, supported by helicopters and Mirage jets. The French also captured or destroyed weapons and motorbikes after “several hours” of combat. The battle took place near Niaki, 110 miles east of the town of Mopti.

Regarding Bah ag Moussa Parly added that he was in charge of the training of jihadi recruits in the region. 

Symbolically, the news was announced on November 13, 2015, the fifth anniversary of the worst-ever French terrorist attack in Paris by jihadist gunmen and suicide bombers.