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Al-Qaeda group claims slayings of French journalists in Mali

Other News Materials 7 November 2013 01:28 (UTC +04:00)
The terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the killings of two French journalists in Mali, a news report said Wednesday, dpa reported.
Al-Qaeda group claims slayings of French journalists in Mali

The terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the killings of two French journalists in Mali, a news report said Wednesday, dpa reported.

A statement from the regional al-Qaeda group said the killings were carried out in retaliation for what it called French crimes committed daily in Mali, Mauritania's Sahara News website reported.

French President Francois Hollande and the French people are to carry out a "new crusade" against Muslims, the statement was quoted as saying.

France deployed troops in January in its former colony to combat al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels who overran northern Mali in 2012.

Ghislaine Dupont, 57, a reporter with Radio France Internationale, and Claude Verlon, 55, a sound technician with the station, were abducted Saturday by gunmen after leaving an interview in the northern city of Kidal.

They were shot to death and their bodies were found outside of town less than two hours later.

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