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What's happening in Africa on Monday: + Kenyans vote for first time since bloody post-poll conflict + Chad to prove the deaths of two top Islamist militants in Mali NAIROBI: Kenyans vote in tightly fought general elections, the first since a bloody 2007-2008 post-poll conflict and with a top presidential candidate facing a crimes against humanity trial. Polls open at 0300 GMT. (KENYA-VOTE) Picture. Video. Graphic.

50 rebels, French soldier killed in 'heavy' Mali fighting

Heavy clashes in northern Mali have left at least 50 rebel fighters and a French soldier dead, officials said Sunday, following reports that two top Islamist militants were killed in recent days. The reports from Chad that its soldiers killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of January's assault on an Algerian gas plant that killed 37 foreign hostages, as well as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid have not been confirmed by other sources.

'Uncatchable' Algerian jihadi mastermind Belmokhtar

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist who masterminded a brazen attack on an Algerian gas field, was branded "the Uncatchable" but the desert fox has now reportedly been killed in northern Mali. Chad said its troops killed the Al-Qaeda veteran on Saturday during an operation in the Ifogha mountains, where French-led forces have been hunting Islamist fighters who occupied northern Mali for 10 months.

Algeria army kills 12 gunmen, arms seized

The Algerian military has killed 12 gunmen, including three wanted criminals, in provinces outside the capital, the defence ministry announced on Saturday. The ministry, in a statement quoted by Algeria's APS news service, said the 12 gunmen were killed in clashes on Friday and Saturday in the governorates of Chlef and Boumerdes, after which weapons and a large amount of ammunition were seized. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been active in Boumerdes, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Algiers. amb/hc/hkb

UPDATE 1-Militants attack oil pipeline in Algeria, two dead

(Adds details) By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants attacked an oil pipeline in northern Algeria on Monday, killing two guards and wounding seven other people, a security source told Reuters. The Djebahia region, some 70 km (45 miles) east of the capital, is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which earlier this month killed 37 foreigners at a gas plant in the south, and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said.

UPDATE 4-Liberated Malians celebrate, French-led forces clear Timbuktu

* Gao residents dance in the streets, throw off sharia law * French, Malian troops at Timbuktu, working to secure it * Third town, Kidal, still remains in rebel hands * AU chairman chides African leaders for slow Mali action (Updates with Gao residents celebrating, adds details, quotes) By Adama Diarra and Richard Valdmanis

In northern Mali, civilians between hope and fear

By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - In the far-flung desert cities of northern Mali, civilians weary of the violent rule of Islamist rebels hope French troops can rout them but fear being caught in crossfire as fighters try to melt into the local population. Several residents contacted by telephone in Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, towns that are each home to a few tens of thousands of people, told Reuters that militants were keeping out of sight of roving French assault aircraft but could still put up a fight.
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