Al-Qaida in North Africa says French hostage killed

CAIRO  — The leader of al-Qaida's offshoot in North Africa said Sunday that the group has killed a French engineer taken hostage in Niger in April.
In an audio message broadcast on Al-Jazeera, Abdelmalek Droukdel said the group killed the 78-year-old French hostage in retaliation for the killing of six al-Qaida members in a recent raid by Mauritanian forces aided by the French military.
The hostage, Michel Germaneau, was abducted on April 22.
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