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article imageAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claim responsibility for attack

By Sami Zaatari     Apr 1, 2013 in World
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib today claimed responsibility for a coordinated attack in the city of Timbuktu. The group released it's statement of responsibility on the Al-Sharq website.
The group stated that the attack was led by an Algerian suicide bomber, who belonged to the Yusuf bin Tashfin brigade, a brigade that was under the command of an AQIM commander who had recently been killed, Abou Zeid.
AQIM's attack in the northern Malian city began when a suicide car bomber struck a military checkpoint, the bombing was then followed by militants who infiltrated the city on foot as well as scooters.
Militants took over the back of a hotel complex, as well as taking cover from inside a high school as skirmishes broke out in the city.
The attack on Timbuktu was the first such attack launched by militants ever since they were dislodged from the northern city by French forces.
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