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Al Qaeda-Linked Militants Claim Murder Of French Journalists In Mali

A Malian journalist holds a local newspaper showing on frontpage the portraits of Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalis
A Malian journalist holds a local newspaper showing on frontpage the portraits of Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician Claude Verlon killed in the town of Kidal, as he takes part with other Malian journalists in a white march in their memory on November 4, 2013 in Bamako. French troops were working today with Malian security forces to hunt the killers of the two French journalists shot dead in the west African nation's rebel-infested northern desert. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and killed by what French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said were 'terrorist groups' in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on November 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NOUAKCHOTT, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Mauritanian news website Sahara Medias said on Wednesday it had received a claim from al Qaeda-linked militants for the killing at the weekend of two French journalists in northern Mali.

Abdallah Mohamedi, head of Sahara Medias, a company that is often sent statements by Islamist militants in Mali, said the claim had come by email from fighters loyal to Abdelkrim al-Targui, a senior commander in the region. (Reporting by Laurent Prieur; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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