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Mali French hostage killed by 'shot to head', post-mortem reveals

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Mali French hostage killed by 'shot to head', post-mortem reveals

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A French hostage held by Islamist militants found dead in Mali on Monday was killed by a shot to the head, a post-mortem has revealed.

The Paris prosecutor said the wound demonstrated Philippe Verdon was assassinated.

Previously some had speculated he had died of pre-existing medical conditions.

Al-Qaeda’s Maghreb branch said they had beheaded the hostage in March in response to France’s intervention in Mali.