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article imageAl-Qaeda commander killed in northern Mali

By Sami Zaatari     Mar 2, 2013 in World
One of Al-Qaeda's senior commanders has been killed in fighting between Chadian soldiers and militants in Northern Mali.
Chad's President Idris Deby made the announcement after a funeral ceremony held for Chadian soldiers.
The commander in question, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, was one of AQIM's (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib) highest ranking leaders, earning the group millions of dollars through his kidnappings of westerners in the Sahara region.
Abou Zeid was also personally responsible for the killings of two of his western hostages, Britain Edward Dyer in 2009, and Frenchman Michael Germaneaua in 2010.
During the militants' control of the city of Timbuktu, Abou Zeid ordered the destruction of Sufi shrines, as well as imposing a Taliban-like version of Sharia law.
France who has been heavily involved in the conflict in Mali urged caution in the reports, with French government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem neither confirming or denying the account.
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