Al-Qaeda boss Abdelmalek Droukdel has been killed in Mali by French special forces.
The notorious terror chief was assassinated on June 3 along with several of his closest advisers.
French Defence minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter: “The French armed forces, with the support of their partners, neutralized the emir Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdelmalek Droukdel and several of his close collaborators, during an operation in the north of Mali.
“This essential fight for peace and stability in the region has just been a major success.”
Droukdel started his terror career as a bombmaker, creating devices that killed hundreds of civilians in the Middle East.
He rose through the ranks of the Armed Islamic Group until it merged with Al-Qaeda under his leadership.
He assumed control of the group’s Algerian branch in late 2012.
It comes amid claims an Al-Qaeda fanatic who helped mastermind the 9/11 attacks could be “eliminated” soon.
A Brit spook claims twisted Ayman Zawahiri faces being handed over by his Taliban bodyguards after an 18-year CIA manhunt.
The intelligence official claimed Zawahiri – who has a £20million US bounty on his head – could be sacrificed to help smooth peace talks with the US.
The 67-year-old Egyptian served as Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand-man and helped plan the deadly World Trade Centre attacks – which killed 3,000 Americans.
An ex-MI6 spook told the Daily Mirror that Zawahiri is now more “exposed” than ever.
He said: “As one of the architects of 9/11, his targeting would be a huge plus for an American president like Trump.
“Zawahiri is very exposed because of recent events, especially if he is on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, an area likely controlled by the Taliban.
“Local groups will not want to be embarrassed by Zawahiri’s presence.”