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Group held over journalist deaths

A number of people have been arrested by French forces east of the north Mali city of Kidal in connecton with the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists, a Malian intelligence official said today.

The official said the journalists' bodies were found next to the attackers' abandoned car. He said French troops followed the attackers' tracks in the sand and apprehended about half a dozen men.

Witnesses reported that Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were grabbed by four men on Saturday after interviewing a Tuareg rebel leader.

The intelligence official said: "We believe that of the people they now have in custody, they have at least one of the four killers."

AP

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