Pres­i­dent says man slain by al Qaeda unit

Austin American-Statesman - - TUESDAYBRIEFING -

PARIS — An ail­ing 78-yearold French aid worker was ex­e­cuted “in cold blood” by al Qaeda’s North African branch three months af­ter his cap­ture in Niger in re­tal­i­a­tion for a failed res­cue at­tempt that killed six mil­i­tants, Pres­i­dent Nicolas Sarkozy said. The al Qaeda off­shoot still holds two Span­ish aid work­ers.

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