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article imageAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib denies death of leader

By Sami Zaatari     Apr 6, 2013 in World
AQIM has released a statement published on Islamist internet sites denying French claims that it had killed one of it's leaders.
The militant group called the French claims a "blatant fallacy".
The French government announced the death of Abou Zeid last month, claiming he was killed in a military operation conducted in Northern Mali.
AQIM have claimed that the French Presidents remarks were politically motivated:
This is a blatant fallacy by the French President Hollande, who has low popularity and whose party is mired in financial and moral scandals, in order to delude the French and global public about the achievement of a field victory that restores to them their lost confidence, domestically and abroad
Though the group denied the death of their leader, they gave have no official verification that Abou Zeid was indeed still alive.
The statement by AQIM also went on to threaten France warning of "dark days".
AQIM recently launched a coordinated attack in the Northern Malian city of Timbuktu, their first attack in the area after being dislodged by French forces.
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