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AQIM is using video games designed for children to attract recruits: a recently launched game called "Muslim Mali" shows the message "Congratulations, you have become martyrs!" instead of "Game Over" when a player loses all of his or her lives. Adolescent fighters were arrested in the French-Malian sweep of the Ifhogas Mountains Islamist hideouts.
AQIM told a Mauritanian news agency that French hostage Philippe Verdon was killed on March 10 in revenge for the French intervention in Mali, and warned that the remaining French hostages would also be killed unless French President Hollande withdraws all French forces from Mali. The terror group said it had "followed with great interest" the protests held in French cities by the families of the hostages.
Slain AQIM commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid has been replaced by Djamel Okacha (a.k.a. Yahia Abu El Hamam), an Algerian who is very close to AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel. Okacha was appointed by Droukdel to head AQIM's Mali operations last fall. The reported death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar is still unconfirmed.