March 24, 2013

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Replaces Sploded Leader Abou Zeid With Yahya Abu Hammam aka Jemal Okacha

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Zeid pre-sploded

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Okacha soon? to be sploded, Allah willing

[Zeid image credit: The Daily Star]
[Okacha image credit: Bill Roggio]

Okacha was put on the US list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists in Feb of this year. So he is no stranger to the US although it took them long enough to put him on the list.

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian Djamel Okacha has replaced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid as leader of al Qaeda-linked group AQIM in the Sahara region, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.

Abou Zeid was killed by Chadian soldiers in northern Mali a few weeks ago.

Okacha, also known as Yahia Abu El Hamam, joined AQIM northern Mali in 2004, a security source with knowledge of AQIM told Reuters.

"He was present at the attack against a military barracks in Mauritania in 2005, and he was also present in the killing of an American in 2009,"

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the source said, referring to aid worker Christopher Leggett.[More]
A member of Okacha's AQIM group who murdered Leggett was given the death penalty in March of 2011
The [Mauritanian] court handed Mohamed Abdallahi Ould Ahmednah the death penalty for murdering the 39-year-old American. Sidi Mohamed Ould Bezeid was jailed for 12 years and Mahmoud Ould Khouna for three years, both for complicity.
Time to send Okacha to splodey status me thinks.

BTW, France confirmed the death yesterday of Zeid so this development confirms the above.

By Stable Hand at 11:54 AM | Comments |