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Al-Qaeda's Abou Zeid killed in Mali

  • A senior al-Qaeda militant has been killed in Mali, according to Chadian President Idriss Deby on Friday.

    He said the country's forces killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid during clashes in the remote northern region.

    Algerian security services are believed to have taken DNA samples from two of Abou Zeid's relatives in order to determine the body is his.

    Abou Zeid, believed to be in his 40s, is the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

    The Algerian native was last seen in public in the Malian cities of Timbuktu and Gao, which were seized by Islamist groups last year.

    Abou Zeid is also believed to be responsible for kidnapping dozens of Westerners in the region in recent years and killing at least two of them.

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