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In France Malian deported on suspected jihadist links

On Thursday, France had expelled Algerian Abdelkrim Mostefai on suspicion of links to jihadist networks, according to a police source.

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Police cordon off a street in Magnanville play

Police cordon off a street in Magnanville, northern France after a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed two people on June 13, 2016 

(© AFP/File Thomas Samson)

France has expelled a Malian believed to pose a "serious threat" to public order "for belonging to a pro-jihadist Islamist movement," the interior ministry said Saturday.

"Malian national Moussa Keita was expelled to his homeland yesterday bringing to 81 the number of expulsion measures taken since 2012," the ministry said.

The ministry said Keita was expelled Friday on his release from jail after serving "a heavy sentence for common law offences", the ministry said. Those included armed robbery, according to a source close to the case.

The source also said Keita had indicated interest in joining the jihad in Syria and Iraq.

On Thursday, France had expelled Algerian Abdelkrim Mostefai on suspicion of links to jihadist networks, according to a police source.

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