File - A women walks past an abandoned marketplace in Bamako February 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
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Malian authorities are holding one of the country's most wanted Islamist fighters after he surrendered to French troops, a military source and French radio said on Sunday.The detention comes days after French troops killed Oumar Ould Hamaha, a jihadist known as 'Red Beard' with a $3 million U.S. government bounty on his head.The French-led military offensive has broken the grip of the al Qaeda-linked militants across northern Mali but pockets of fighters still operate from desert and mountain bases.
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