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Mali says MUJWA Islamist group responsible for killing 31 Tuaregs

DAKAR (Reuters) - The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) was responsible for killing 31 Tuaregs in an attack on Friday near the town of Tamkoutat in northern Mali, the minister for interior security said on Sunday. General Sada Samaka, who visited the site of the attack accompanied by Malian army officers, told Malian national television that the killings took place around 2:00 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Friday some 12 km (7.5 miles) outside Tamkoutat.

Two Egypt bombs wound six officers

Six Egyptian policemen were wounded in a bomb attack Friday in Cairo as clashes elsewhere in Egypt between police and Islamist protesters killed at least two people, including a child, officials said. The attack shattered a tense calm in the capital after a spate of bombings on January 24 killed six policemen, in an escalation of a militant campaign following the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

French army kills 11 militants in Mali anti-terror operation

A French counter-terrorism offensive in rebel-infested northern Mali ended on Friday with 11 Islamist militants killed and a French soldier wounded, military sources inside the operation told AFP. The action came as Paris steps up its campaign against armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda holed up in Mali's vast desert, following the former French colony's recent return to democratic government after a coup which plunged the country into chaos.

Deadly bombings rock Cairo on uprising anniversary eve

A suicide car bomber struck Cairo police headquarters Friday, the first of four blasts in Egypt's capital that killed six people on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. The bombings, all targeting the police, came as street clashes between Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and backers of the military killed eight people, a day before planned rallies to mark the revolt that drove Hosni Mubarak from power.

French army says 11 militants killed in Mali anti-terror op

A French counter-terrorism offensive in rebel-infested northern Mali ended on Friday with 11 Islamist militants killed and a French soldier wounded, military sources inside the operation told AFP. "The French military operation in the Timbuktu region is completed. Eleven terrorists were killed. A French soldier was wounded but his life is not in danger," said an official from France's Operation Serval military mission in its former colony.

French army kills 11 suspected militants in northern Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - French forces killed at least 11 suspected Islamist fighters and seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition during an operation in Mali's northern region of Timbuktu, a French army source in Mali said on Friday. "The operation was carried out on Wednesday night around a hundred kilometers north of Timbuktu," the source said, requesting anonymity. "Eleven terrorists were killed and one French soldier was wounded."

France launches anti-terror operations in Mali

French forces have carried out two night-time counter-terrorism operations in rebel-infested northern Mali, military sources in the west African nation said on Thursday. A foreign military source in Bamako said troops targeted the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and the Signatories in Blood, an armed unit founded by fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar. "We do not have a death toll yet... It is clear that MUJAO fighters, heirs of Abou Zeid and Belmokhtar's (unit) are in the viewfinder," he said.

France launches anti-terror operations in Mali

French forces have carried out two night-time counter-terrorism operations in rebel-infested northern Mali, military sources in the west African nation said on Thursday. A foreign military source in Bamako said troops targeted the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and the Signatories in Blood, an armed unit founded by fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar. "We do not have a death toll yet... It is clear that MUJAO fighters, heirs of Abou Zeid and Belmokhtar's (unit) are in the viewfinder," he said.

Bomb blast kills six in northwest Pakistan

Six people including two children were killed and seven injured in a bombing in Pakistan's restive northwest city of Peshawar on Thursday, officials said. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, which follows a recent surge in Taliban violence targeting the military. Subsequent retaliatory airstrikes in northwestern tribal regions on Tuesday killed some 40 militants.

U.S. drones killed no more than four civilians in Pakistan in 2013: study

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. CIA drone strikes against militants in Pakistan killed no more than four civilians last year, according to an annual study by a British-based organization, the lowest number of reported civilian deaths since the drone program began in 2004. The study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released this month showed that the number of civilian casualties stood at between zero and four.
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