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Al-Qaeda's African branch claims Mali murders of French journalists

Al-Qaeda's north and west African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists shot dead in Mali's rebel-infested desert, in a statement published by a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and killed by what French officials called "terrorist groups" after interviewing a spokesman for Tuareg separatists in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda claims murders of French journalists in Mali

Al-Qaeda's north African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists in Mali's rebel-infested desert, saying they were killed to avenge France's "new crusade" in its former colony. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and shot dead by what French officials called "terrorist groups" after interviewing a spokesman for Tuareg separatists in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda claims murders of French journalists in Mali

Al-Qaeda's African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists in Mali's rebel-infested desert, saying they were killed to avenge France's "new crusade" in its former colony. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and shot dead by what French officials called "terrorist groups" after interviewing a spokesman for Tuareg separatists in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda claims murders of French journalists in Mali

Al-Qaeda's north and west African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists shot dead in Mali's rebel-infested desert, in a statement published by a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and killed by what French officials called "terrorist groups" after interviewing a spokesman for Tuareg separatists in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda's African branch claims Mali murders of French journalists

Al-Qaeda's north and west African division claimed responsibility Wednesday for the murders of two French journalists shot dead in Mali's rebel-infested northern desert, in a statement published by a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania. "This operation was a response to crimes committed by France against Malians and the work of African and international forces against the Muslims of Azawad," Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said, using the name given by the Tuareg people to northern Mali. hos-stb/cs/ft/mfp

Gunmen kill five Shiites in southern Pakistan

At least five Shiite Muslims, including two doctors, were gunned down Monday and three others were injured in different parts of Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police officials said. City police chief Shahid Hayat confirmed the killings saying five members of the Shiite community were shot dead in several districts. A doctor was shot dead in Manghopir neighbourhood in western district and another was gunned down around noon at Tariq Road in the eastern part of the city. They were identified by police as Dr Sher Ali and Dr Naseem Zaidi.

Grenade attack in northwest Pakistan kills four Shiites

Suspected militants hurled grenades at a tribal meeting in northwest Pakistan Sunday, killing at least four Shiite Muslims and wounding two others in an apparent sectarian attack, officials said. The attack came as a group of Shiites were holding a meeting to settle a land ownership dispute in a village in Orakzai tribal district. Orakzai is one of Pakistan's seven lawless tribal districts on the Afghan border considered to be the hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants.

French hostages in West Africa

PARIS (Reuters) - Two French journalists were killed in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Saturday after being taken hostage by armed gunmen, bringing to three the number of French citizens killed in the country since Paris intervened militarily in its former colony in January. The deaths came just days after four French hostages kidnapped in Niger by al Qaeda's north African (AQIM) wing were released following secret talks with officials from the West African country. They had been held for three years.

U.S. drone strike kills 5 in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 1 (EFE).- The second U.S. drone strike in 48 hours on the tribal region of North Waziristan left at least five people dead, Pakistani media outlets said Friday. The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a structure in Danda Darpakhel, near the district capital of Miransha, where a drone strike Thursday killed three people, Geo television and Express Tribune newspaper said. More than 130 people have died in a score of drone strikes in Pakistan this year, where the U.S. military has mounted no fewer than 30 such attacks in every year since 2007.

Drone strike kills four in Pakistan's North Waziristan

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A drone strike killed four people in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan region on Friday, possibly including a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, intelligence sources said. Four missiles were fired at a compound in Danda Darpa Khel, a village about 5 km (3 miles) from the regional capital of Miran Shah. North Waziristan is the stronghold of the Taliban insurgency and shares a border with Afghanistan.
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