French navy forces deployed in Mali killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Africa, French govt officers explained, ending a decadeslong manhunt for an Islamic militant that Paris and other capitals blamed for scores of terrorist assaults and kidnappings.

Abdelmalek Droukdel, an Algerian nationwide who led a radical Islamic team allied with al Qaeda, was killed by French distinctive forces on Wednesday for the duration of an procedure performed in northern Mali with assistance from international nations, French Defense Minister Florence Parly…