Hostage fears grow over al-Qaida 'deaths'

BAMAKO, Mali, March 4 (UPI) -- The reported deaths in northern Mali of two top commanders of al-Qaida's North African wing has heightened fears for the safety of French hostages.

Morocco nabs members of AQIM cell

RABAT, Morocco, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Authorities in Morocco claimed they arrested 27 people who were part of an al-Qaida cell plotting a terrorist attack in the country.

Algerians targeting AQIM

ALGIERS, Algeria, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Algerian forces are quietly waging an offensive against members of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, an Algerian official revealed.

Paris believes AQIM hostages are alive

PARIS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The five French nationals kidnapped by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb are believed to be alive, an official from the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.

France on high terror alert

PARIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- France is on high alert for a possible suicide bomber targeting public transportation, the government said.

AQIM blamed for attack in Mauritania

NEMA, Mauritania, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Security forces killed a would-be suicide bomber who was targeting a military barracks in the east of Mauritania, a military official said Wednesday.

AQIM sparks U.S. travel warning

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. citizens are at risk when traveling to Mauritania because of the increasing threat posed by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, the State Department said.

Germaneau killed before raid, France says

PARIS, July 28 (UPI) -- French hostage Michel Germaneau may have been killed by al-Qaida captors before a rescue attempt last week, French officials said.

U.N. condemns beheading of Frenchmen

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (UPI) -- The slaying of a French engineer by al-Qaida is a reminder of the threat posed by transnational terrorist groups, a U.N. spokesman said.

France vows to push al-Qaida fight

PARIS, July 27 (UPI) -- The French government pledged Tuesday to pump up its fight against al-Qaida in northern Africa after kidnappers killed a French hostage in the Sahel desert.

Sarkozy blasts AQIM slaying of Frenchman

PARIS, July 26 (UPI) -- The execution of a French engineer by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb was a "barbarous" act, the French president said in a statement Monday.

Algerian linked to AQIM kidnapping

NIAMEY, Niger, May 18 (UPI) -- Authorities in Niger said they charged the Algerian driver of a French tourist kidnapped in April for playing a role in his abduction.
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