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Africa

Body of French Mali attack victim repatriated

media Fabien Guyomard, Bamako, December 2014. AFP Photo/Abdulaye Keita

The body of Frenchman Fabien Guyomard, who was killed in Friday night's attack on a restaurant in Mali, was brought back to France on Tuesday morning.

The plane carrying Guyomard's body arrived early Tuesday morning at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, where his parents, brother and uncle were to receive the coffin.

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"Our son Fabien was happy in Mali where he was integrated and well-liked [...] His dream was broken by individuals that don't have anything human in them and left (Fabien's) family and friends devastated,"  his parents told the press in a short statement.

France was "counting on the determination of the Malian authorities to find" the killers,  said French junior minister for French nationals abroad Matthias Fekl, who was also present at the airport on Tuesday. 

On Sunday night a Paris anti-terror prosecutor and 10 French police arrived in Bamako from Paris to work with their Malian colleagues in the investigation into Friday night's killings.

Guyomard, 30, was one of the five people killed when a gunman sprayed bullets into a restaurant on Saturday night in Bamako.

He had lived in Bamako since 2007 and worked for an American construction company.

Al-Murabitoun (the Sentinels), a northern Mali jihadist group run by leading Algerian Islamist Mokhtar Belmokhtar and allied with al-Qaïda, has claimed responsibility for the massacre, which left with Guyomard, a Belgian and three Malians dead.

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