Report: Al-Qaeda-linked group 'killed French hostage'

Al-Qaeda's North African wing AQIM has said it killed a French hostage captured in northern Mali two years ago, Mauritania's ANI news agency said today.

It also reportedly said that other French captives were at risk because of France's intervention in Mali.

"All the other hostages are alive," AQIM said in a communique seemingly addressed to the French people, "but we cannot guarantee their survival forever because of the attacks by your army on the mujahideen's bases."

ANI reported earlier this week that an AQIM member said its fighters beheaded another French hostage called Philippe Verdon, who was seized in northern Mali in November.