'French militant' expelled from Mali to France
AFP · 7 Mar 2013, 18:25
Published: 07 Mar 2013 18:25 GMT+01:00
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Ibrahim Aziz Ouattara, 25, was arrested on November 3 in central Mali on his way to join the Islamists, after allegedly entering Mali through Portugal under a false identity.
He faces potential terrorism charges in France.
Islamist rebels had seized control of northern Mali last year but were dislodged from their strongholds after a French-led intervention launched in mid-January.
About 4,000 French soldiers remain on the ground in Mali, working with Malian and West African troops to hunt down rebels who fled to the country's northern mountains.