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ISIS leader Boubaker el Hakim linked to Charlie Hebdo attack killed in Syria airstrike: US military

An Islamic State Leader Linked To The 2015 Attacks At The French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo Was Killed In A US Airstrike In Syria, Says US Military Officials

PTI | Updated on: 10 Dec 2016, 09:10:08 AM
Syria: Islamic State leader Boubaker el Hakim killed in US airstrike, says US military officials


An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a US airstrike in Syria, says US military officials

Officials say Boubaker el Hakim was killed in Raqqa on November 26.

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He is believed to have played a role in IS attack planning. The officials weren’t authorised to discuss the strike publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

El Hakim was a 33-year-old French Tunisian. He was a mentor to the brothers who gunned down cartoonists at the French paper in January 2015.

He was arrested in Syria and sent to France, where he was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to seven years in prison. He was released in 2011 and is believed to have moved to Tunisia.

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First Published : 10 Dec 2016, 09:01:00 AM