France holds ‘al-Qaeda suspects’

French police are questioning five men suspected of links to al-Qaeda’s branch in Algeria, reports from France say. They are part of a group of eight held in France earlier this week, reports quoting police officials say. Three other men have since been released. he men are believed to be members of a support network for al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQLIM). The AQLIM has said it was behind bomb attacks on UN offices in Algeria on 11 December that killed nearly 40 people. Full Story

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