‘French militant’ expelled from Mali to France

A French-Malian citizen arrested in November for allegedly seeking to join Islamist militants in Mali has been expelled to France where he will be held for questioning, a French judicial source said on Thursday.

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.


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