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Al-Qaeda in North Africa threatens to kill French hostages

NOUAKCHOTT  (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch Wednesday threatened to kill French hostages it kidnapped in Niger two years ago, accusing Paris of backing plans for an invasion of Islamist-held northern Mali.

In a message on Mauritanian website Sahara Medias, AQIM warned that “this crazy initiative will not only lead to the deaths of the hostages but drown the whole of France in the marshes of Azawad (northern Mali)”.

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