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Death of Al Qaeda Leader in Mali Confirmed

DNA testing indicates that Abou Zeid was killed fighting the French

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DNA testing has confirmed al Qaeda linked African warlord Abou Zeid was killed fighting against French troops in Mali. The announcement ends weeks of speculation about whether the group's most feared commanders was dead.

French President Francois Hollande's office confirmed Saturday the death of al Qaeda linked warlord Abou Zeid. One of the key leaders in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Zeid had been killed in combat with French troops, the Elysee palace said in a statement.