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Veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaks in this undated still image taken from a video released by Sahara Media on Jan. 21, 2013. Chadian soldiers in Mali claim to have killed Belmokhtar, the al-Qaeda mastermind of a bloody hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January. (Reuters)
Veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaks in this undated still image taken from a video released by Sahara Media on Jan. 21, 2013. Chadian soldiers in Mali claim to have killed Belmokhtar, the al-Qaeda mastermind of a bloody hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January. (Reuters)

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Al-Qaeda confirms senior commander killed in Mali

Al-Qaeda’s North African branch has confirmed that one of its senior leader has been killed in a French bombing raid. Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in the Ifoghas mountains in north Mali, where French and African forces have been pushing back a rebel force of Islamist militants

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