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Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - A senior police officer was killed near Cairo on Wednesday in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group, while security forces stormed a hideout used by another Islamist organization near Alexandria in a raid that left an officer and a militant dead. Militant violence has spiraled since last July, when the army toppled elected head of state Mohamed Mursi and the authorities launched a fierce crackdown on his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist sympathizers.

Hate preacher had jihad 'manual,' US court told

The New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza heard chilling extracts Wednesday from a 10-volume encyclopedia of jihad found in his London home with pictures of Osama bin Laden. A British police officer told the Manhattan court that the Arabic-language manual was sitting in the living room of Abu Hamza -- a father of nine -- when he was arrested in May 2004. Several computers, maps, a Koran, hundreds of audio and video tapes, numerous documents and photographs of the late Al-Qaeda mastermind bin Laden were confiscated, Keith Asman told the court.

Bomb kills police brigadier general in Cairo

An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said, in the fifth such attack targeting police in the capital within a week. The explosion in the upscale western suburb of October 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander in Egypt's central security forces, who have been at the forefront of a wide-ranging crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdoul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues Leal's death during a brief telephone exchange.

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues' death during a brief telephone exchange. Pressed for evidence, he said that "in the name of Allah, he is dead", before hanging up. sd/stb/cs/ft/cc

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues' death during a brief telephone exchange. Pressed for evidence, he said that "in the name of Allah, he is dead", before hanging up. sd/stb/cs/ft/cc

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdoul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues Leal's death during a brief telephone exchange.

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy", without giving any details on the circumstances of his death. sd/stb/cs/ft/cc

German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria

A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria was reported dead on Tuesday by jihadist sources, but hours later some retracted the claim, saying he was still alive. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was initially reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

Yemen jails Qaeda man for plotting general's murder

A Yemeni court jailed an Al-Qaeda militant for 15 years on Tuesday on charges of helping plan the murder of the commander of a blistering 2012 offensive against the jihadists. The state security tribunal found Sami Dayan guilty of "taking part in plotting the assassination of General Salem Ali Qatan, the chief military commander in south Yemen." Dayan was also convicted of "forming an armed group to carry out terrorist acts," and of attacking military bases. Co-defendant Farhan Awad al-Saadi was jailed for four years.
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