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Nov 8, 2012 | 22:41 GMT

Mali: Jihadist Leader Defects

A battalion leader of the militant group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, Hicham Bilal, and many of his soldiers have defected from the Islamist extremist group and returned home to Niger, security sources in Mali and Niger confirmed, AFP reported Nov. 8. The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa is one of several militant groups to exploit the power vacuum in Mali after the country's coup in March.

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