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Nabil Sahraoui

January 28, 2020 Extremists

Born: 26 September 1969;

Place of Birth: Batna, Algeria;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: Algerian;

General Info:
Nabil Sahraoui, alias Mustapha Abou Ibrahim, who was born in Batna, Algeria was an Algerian Islamist militant, and the head of the radical Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat (GSPC, later renamed Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb) from August 2003 until his death the following year.

In 2003, Sahraoui replaced Hassan Hattab as the leader of the GSPC, since the latter was removed from the post due to his view that reconciliation with the government should be encouraged. In October 2003, Sahraoui pledged allegiance as GSPC leader to both Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda organization and to the Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Sahraoui was killed in a shootout with the Algerian army in the Kabylie region on 20 June 2004 at age 34. His top aides were also killed in the military sweep.

Sahraoui was replaced as head of the GSPC by Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud over the objections of former leader Hassan Hattab.

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