"He was a senior influential member of AQIM, and his death represents a significant blow to AQIM's efforts to use West Africa, and Mali in particular, as a safe haven," the official, referring to Abou Zeid, told CNN.
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POSTED: 08:44 AM PST Mar 03, 2013 UPDATED: 09:25 AM PST Mar 03, 2013
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