He speaks Spanish and is one of the most dangerous and therefore most wanted ISIS (Islamic State, Daesh) terrorists. He was born in 1972 in El Aioun, capital of the old Spanish Sahara. Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, name of war since the real one is Ladib Bachir, is an emerging figure within the jihadist band; The leading group, the Islamic State of the Great Sahara (EIGS), which maintains alliances with the Nigerian ISWAP, has become one of the most harmful in the African Sahel. Only in three attacks carried out in recent months, has it killed more than 200 Nigerian soldiers. Its intention is to create a “free zone”, in the border space between Mali and Niger to set up an operational base in which to prepare cells that can attack in the West, including Spain.
This individual has been known for years by anti-terrorism experts, who have followed their criminal trajectory. THE REASON has already realized its danger in several articles, such as those published on the infiltration of terrorists among immigrants; or, more recently, to inform that it has Spain as its objective.
The meeting that the president of the French Republic, Emanuel Macron, held last January in Pau with the leaders of the G5 Sahel, served, among other things, to take action against the group headed by Sharoui. Since then, some details of his life have been known and, above all, the attacks he has directed in recent years have been contextualized due to their seriousness.
This individual, like so many Saharawis dissatisfied with the occupation by Morocco of the Sahara, facilitated by Spain, soon joined the ranks of the Polisario Front in the Tindouf camps, through the youths of that organization, with which, in the At present, they do not maintain any relationship that is known.
He completed his baccalaureate and university studies thanks to scholarships from the Polisario Front, in which, among other things, he was in charge of attending the foreign delegations that came to visit Tindouf.
As time went by, he became radicalized and moved to Mali, where, together with several Saharawis, he joined Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi). He was not comfortable in this band and decided, along with other jihadists, he founded the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao). It was this band that, on October 22, 2011, kidnapped Spanish cooperators Ainhoa Fernández de Rincón and Enric Gonyalons in Tinduf, who, together with an Italian, also captured, were released in July of the following year, after payment, according to all indications, of a rescue and the release of a jihadist, who was imprisoned in Mauritania.
For some time, Sharaoui fought alongside the sadly known Mokhtar Belmokhtar in a group called Al-Mourabitoune. It was in 2015, when, fascinated by the creation a year before the Islamic State and its victories in Syria and Iraq, he founded the Islamic State in the Grand Sahara (EIGS) and swore allegiance to the “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. His terrorist “projection” had begun.
It was a matter of time before he gave the first big “coup”, which gave a nature letter to the band he was leading. It was on October 4, 2017, when they ambushed a Niger patrol, consisting of soldiers from that country and the US. Five local military officers and four Americans were killed. After a while, the weekly newspaper Al Naba de Daesh published photographs of the professional cards of the latter.
As of that moment, and with the incorporation of more combatants to their rows, the attacks have not stopped at any time in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
As with all the leaders who rebound in jihadism, their capture, dead or alive, has become a priority. What happens is that this individual adopts great security measures, to the point of never using the telephone and communicating through written messages. When he moves, he does it in one of his “katibas” (combat groups), mixed among his men, either in Pick Up or on all-terrain motorcycles.
Sahraoui should not have much appreciation for Spain after what happened in his homeland, which was handed over to Morocco, which currently occupies it. His militancy in the youth years in the Polisario Front attests to it. Therefore, nothing good can expect our country from this individual who, every day passes, gains more strength within the framework of “wilayas” (franchises) that make up Daesh.