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Friday 22 August 2014

Group held over journalist deaths

Published 04/11/2013 | 13:06

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French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont, right, and Claude Verlon (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

A number of people have been arrested by French forces east of the north Mali city of Kidal in connecton with the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists, a Malian intelligence official said today.

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The official said the journalists' bodies were found next to the attackers' abandoned car. He said French troops followed the attackers' tracks in the sand and apprehended about half a dozen men.

Witnesses reported that Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were grabbed by four men on Saturday after interviewing a Tuareg rebel leader.

The intelligence official said: "We believe that of the people they now have in custody, they have at least one of the four killers."

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