US airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

WASHINGTON – U.S. military officials say Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in an AMERICAN airstrike in Syria.

Officials say Boubaker el Hakim was killed in Raqqa on November 26. He is believed to have played a role in the attack plans. The officials were not authorized to discuss the strike publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

El Hakim is a 33-year-old French Tunisian. He was a mentor for the brothers who gunned down cartoonists in the French newspaper, 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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