A Somali police officer secures the scene near the wreckage of a car bomb that was detonated outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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One of Mali's top jihadist groups on Tuesday claimed the kidnapping of a team of Red Cross workers who had been reported missing in the country's north."Thanks to God we seized a 4X4 (vehicle) of the enemies of Islam with their accomplices," MUJAO's Yoro Abdoulsalam said, contacted by telephone from Bamako.He said his group was holding the five reported missing Monday by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP on Tuesday he could not confirm the claim but that his organisation was "in contact" with the group and several others in Mali.Mali descended into chaos when Tuareg rebels and Islamist groups took over the north after a military coup in March 2012 far to the south in the capital Bamako.France is winding down its force from a peak of around 5,000 soldiers but is to keep 1,000 troops in Mali beyond the spring.
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