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Mali jihadists announce hostage death

Bamako - One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead.

The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal “is dead, because France is our enemy”, without giving any details on the circumstances of his death.

This screengrab from YouTube shows Frenchman Gilberto Leal who was captured by Mali jihadists in 2012. Credit: YOUTUBE

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