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article imageAl-Qaeda branch claim responsibility for French killings

By Sami Zaatari     Nov 6, 2013 in World
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa has claimed responsibility for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed to have carried the killings out in retaliation for France's military involvement in Mali, which saw the group and its allies dislodged from power.
French journalists Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were both kidnapped and killed after carrying out an interview with the spokesman of Tuareg separatists in the north eastern town of Kidal.
The French government denounced and condemned the killings, with French President Francis Hollande calling it a "despicable" act.
So far Malian security forces have arrested 35 suspects in connection to the killings.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been known for it's kidnapping of western citizens in the North African region, often holding them as ransom for hefty amounts of money.
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