First French jihad suspect arrested in Mali

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain PARIS (AP) – Mali’s authorities have arrested a Frenchman in the west African country who allegedly was trying to join radical Islamists controlling the north.French and Mali officials confirmed Friday that 24-year-old Ibrahim Ouattara was taken into custody there this week and charged in France with trying to reach radicals fighting in another country.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is among three extremist groups controlling northern Mali. It’s made up mainly of foreign fighters. Radical Islamists moved into the region after a military coup in March overthrew Mali’s president. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Outtara is the first French citizen arrested in Mali, but France, Mali’s former colonial ruler, is concerned it could itself become a target of battle-hardened returning fighters.A judicial official said on condition of anonymity that Ouattara holds French and Malian nationality.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img

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