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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.

German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria

A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

Pakistan bomb kills one, wounds 33

At least one person was killed and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a police van in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Tuesday, police said. It was the second attack on police in restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in less than 10 hours and comes less than a week after the Pakistani Taliban formally ended a ceasefire called to help peace talks. The incident in the main square of Charsadda bazaar, some 30 kilometres north of Peshawar, left one civilian dead and two women and three children among the wounded. The seven policemen in the patrol van were also injured.

Somali lawmaker shot dead, second in 24 hours

Insurgents assassinated a Somali lawmaker Tuesday, police and witnesses said, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital. Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the lawmaker was killed in the capital's Madina district. On Monday, an MP was killed and another wounded in a car bombing claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, which threatened to assassinate all lawmakers in the internationally-backed government.
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