URGENT ¥¥¥ Chad troops killed Qaeda commander Abou Zeid: president

Chadian troops killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the main leaders of Al-Qaeda's north African branch on February 22 during fighting in northern Mali, Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno said late Friday.

The Chadian troops confronted the jihadists in the mountains in the Kidal region and "our soldiers killed two jihadist chiefs including Abou Zeid," Deby said.