Al-Qaeda's north African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.
Al-Akhbar, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, said it had received a statement from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) admitting the killing of "seven MINUSMA soldiers".
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