Al Qaeda in Africa says beheads French hostage: agency

March 20th, 2013  
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Topic: Al Qaeda in Africa says beheads French hostage: agency

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African arm said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a commander for the group. In what ANI reported was a telephone call to the agency, which has close links to Islamist militants, the commander said Philippe Verdon had been beheaded on March 10 "in response to the French military intervention in the north of Mali", ANI reported. Verdon was one of two French hostages kidnapped in the northern Mali town of Hombori in November 2011. ...


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