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Al Qaeda says Mali attack punishment for cooperation with France


GAO, Mali Al Qaeda's North African affiliate said a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali that killed up to 60 people and wounded more than 100 others on Wednesday was punishment for groups there cooperating with France.

Al Qaeda says Mali bombing punishment for working with France

ABIDJAN Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said in a statement on Wednesday that a suicide bombing that killed dozens in northern Mali was punishment for groups there cooperating with France, according to a translation released by the SITE Intelligence Group.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group claims Mali suicide bombing

NAIROBI Al Mourabitoun, a group linked to al Qaeda's North African affiliate, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Mali that killed at least 42 people and injured more than 100 others on Wednesday, according to the Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

France says Mali army camp explosion is major 'symbolic attack'

PARIS France's interior minister described Wednesday's deadly car bomb explosion at an army camp in Gao, northern Mali, as a "major and highly symbolic attack" in an area visited days ago by French President Francois Hollande.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

Suspect in Ivory Coast al Qaeda attack arrested in Mali

BAMAKO Authorities in Mali have arrested a man believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on a beach resort town in neighboring Ivory Coast that killed 19 people early last year, Malian security officials said on Thursday.

World, Africa, Ivory Coast Jan 12 2017

Germany to deploy helicopters, more soldiers to U.N. mission in Mali

BERLIN Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved the deployment of eight attack and transport helicopters as well as 350 additional soldiers to Mali as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission, sources told Reuters.

World, Africa, Jan 11 2017

U.N. chief concerned Iran may have violated arms embargo: report

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations chief expressed concern to the Security Council that Iran may have violated an arms embargo by supplying weapons and missiles to Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, according to a confidential report, seen by Reuters on Sunday.

World, United Nations, Jan 08 2017

Red Cross worker shot dead in northern Mali

BAMAKO A local worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was shot dead in the northern Mali town of Gao late on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the aid organization and local residents said.

World, Africa, Jan 05 2017

Mali says suspects Islamist group Mourabitoun kidnapped French woman

BAMAKO A Malian state prosecutor said on Wednesday that the Islamist militant group al Mourabitoun is suspected of kidnapping a French-Swiss aid worker from the city of Gao in northern Mali.

World, Africa, Dec 28 2016

French-Swiss aid worker kidnapped in Malian city of Gao

BAMAKO/PARIS A French-Swiss aid worker has been kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali, and French and Malian authorities are working together to rescue her, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday.

World, Africa, Dec 25 2016