France Says It Killed a Top al Qaeda Chief in Africa

French military forces deployed in Mali killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Africa, French government officials said, ending a decadeslong manhunt for an Islamic militant that Paris and other capitals blamed for scores of terrorist attacks and kidnappings.

Abdelmalek Droukdel, an Algerian national who led a radical Islamic group allied with al Qaeda, was killed by French special forces on Wednesday during an operation conducted in northern Mali with assistance from foreign...