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Niger: Militant with 'ties to killers' of French engineer arrested

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Niamey, 8 Nov. (AKI) - Niger's military has arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist accused of ties to militants are believed to have kidnapped and killed a French engineer last year, according to Algerian newspaper El-Khabar.

Winan Bin Yousef, more commonly known by his nom de guerre Jalaluddin, was arrested in Niger near the border with Algeria, the report said.

Michel Germaneau, a 78-year-old French hostage being held in Mali, who was executed in July 2010. The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said Germaneau was killed in revenge for a failed rescue raid in Mali in which six militants were killed.

Bin Yousef, a Mauritania native, is considered a prominent figure in AQIM, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.

The El-Khabar report said Bin Yousef sought medical care in Algeria and aimed to cross the border using false documents.

He was considered one of the first Mauritanians to enter Al-Qaeda when he jointed the group in 2004..

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