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Algerian Okacha replaces Abou Zeid as Qaeda-linked group's leader

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian Djamel Okacha has replaced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid as leader of al Qaeda-linked group AQIM in the Sahara region, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday. Abou Zeid was killed by Chadian soldiers in northern Mali a few weeks ago. Okacha, also known as Yahia Abu El Hamam, joined AQIM northern Mali in 2004, a security source with knowledge of AQIM told Reuters.
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