Ahmed el Tilemsi
Terror Group Leader
Ahmed el Tilemsi was killed in an overnight French operation on December 10, 2014 near the town of Gao in Mali. He was a citizen of Mali. He was born there in 1977. He also went by the names of Abderrahmane Ould el Amar and Abderrahmane Toudji. He was a leader of the Mourabitoune militant group and a founding member and the military head of the terrorist group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA, also known as MUJAO and TWJWA). Prior to his leadership role in MUJWA, he was a member of al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), where he played a role in the January 2011 kidnapping of two French nationals in Niamey, Niger. In October 2011, he participated in the kidnapping of three aid workers in Algeria, which left two wounded by gunfire. The US Department of State was offering a $5 million reward for information that would help to capture him.
- Wanted Poster
- State Department Press Release
- Long War Journal about MUJWA
- Wikipedia about MUJWA
- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium on MUJWA