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Report: Mali Arrests Suspected Mastermind of Radisson Hotel Attack

A Mauritanian man suspected of planning and carrying out several recent deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali has been arrested in the Malian capital Bamako, security sources told AFP Friday.

The suspect is believed to have been involved in several recent attacks, including two in March and November last year that were claimed by jihadists and left more than 20 people dead.

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Three Red Cross Staff Kidnapped in Mali now Free, Says ICRC

Three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend by Islamist group Ansar Dine have been freed, the ICRC said Friday.

"The best news we could get: our three colleagues in Mali are free, safe and sound," ICRC head Peter Maurer said on his Twitter account, with the news confirmed by ICRC spokesman in Bamako Valery Mbaoh Nana.

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Islamist Group Ansar Dine Says Holding Three Red Cross Workers in Mali

Islamist group Ansar Dine said Thursday it was holding three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend and called for the release of a jihadist arrested by French troops for their safe return.

"We have three people who work for the Red Cross. We want Barkhane (French forces) to free Miyatene Ag Mayaris before we will release them," Nourredine Ag Mohamed, a senior militant in the group, told Agence France Presse.

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Mali Gunman on Run after Failed Attack on EU Training HQ

Security forces in Mali said Tuesday they were hunting a fugitive gunman wounded in a failed attack on the headquarters of the European Union's military training mission in the capital.

"We are looking for a wounded terrorist, who ran off," a Malian security source told AFP, adding that one of two suspects arrested following Monday's attempted attack was a person "of interest" to the ongoing investigation.

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Two Peacekeepers Killed by Colleague in Northern Mali

Two U.N. peacekeepers were shot dead and a third slightly wounded by one of their colleagues in northern Mali, the U.N. mission said on Sunday, less than three weeks after a similar incident.

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Mali Campaigners Persuade 200 Young Jihadists to Disarm

Two hundred young Malian jihadists are ready to lay down their weapons as part of a new government and civil society deradicalization program, its organizers said Tuesday.

Some of the youths, aged between 16 and 30, had mounted attacks in the central Mopti region over the past year as members of the Macina Liberation Front, sources within the campaign said.

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Jihadists Attack U.N. Camp in Mali's Timbuktu

Suspected jihadists Friday attacked a U.N. military camp in the fabled city of Timbuktu in Mali's restive north, wounding at least one peacekeeper, security sources said.

Shots were still being heard in the area, a source in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali (MINUSMA) told AFP, indicating hours-long fighting.

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Three Security Officers Killed in Separate Mali Attacks

Two soldiers and a guard were killed in two separate attacks in Mali on Friday, government and army sources confirmed.

In the first attack, two soldiers were killed when an aid convoy they were escorting was ambushed in northern Mali on Friday, security sources said, a week after the kidnapping of a Swiss national in the same area.

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Two Soldiers Killed in Ambush on Malian Army

Two soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed in northern Mali on Friday, security sources said, a week after the kidnapping of a Swiss national in the same area.

A local military source said two of the assailants were also killed during the exchange, 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the desert caravan city of Timbuktu.

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Mali Gunmen Abduct Swiss Woman in Timbuktu

Gunmen abducted a Swiss woman overnight Thursday to Friday in Timbuktu in northern Mali, where she had lived for several years and was previously held by extremists, official sources told AFP.

"Beatrice, a Swiss citizen, was kidnapped in her home in Timbuktu by gunmen," a Timbuktu government official told AFP.

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