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Al-Qaeda Issues Rare Apology After Land Mine Kills Bus Riders

  • Landmine in central Mali was meant for ‘French occupier’
  • Militant group JNIM publishes statement with condolences

“We’re sorry” is something militant groups that have made deadly violence their trademark rarely say.

But that’s what an al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for scores of attacks across West Africa said Wednesday as it apologized for the deaths of “our brothers and sons” who died in Mali as a bus they were traveling in hit a landmine meant for the “French occupier and its acolytes.”