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Qaeda Man Linked To Mali Journalist Killings: Paris Prosecutor

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November 13, 2013 AT 9:03 AM
Baye Ag Bakabo, a Touareg rebel and drug trafficker linked to al Qaeda's north African wing, is a suspect in the killings this month of two French journalists in northern Mali, a Paris prosecutor said on Wednesday. Francois Molins said Bakabo owned a pick-up truck found abandoned in the desert near the bodies of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, both with France's international RFI radio. Molins said Abdelkrim al-Targui, commander of an al Qaeda brigade in the region, had ordered the kidnapping, which his forces claimed on November 6 as a reprisal for "crimes perpetrated by France and its Malian, U.N. and African allies".