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France says it kills top Islamic State official in Mali operation

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PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday it had killed a top official from Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa in an operation in Mali that also killed another member of the group and two civilians.

The defence ministry, in a statement, named him as Mohamed Ag Almouner and said he was one of the top officials of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. It did not name the second member of the group who was killed.

The ministry said two civilians - a woman and a teenager - were killed in the operation which was carried out on Sunday. Two other civilians and a member of the Islamic State's affiliate group were also injured, the statement said.

It said it regretted the civilians' death.

France has deployed around 4,000 French troops in the West Africa's Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane aimed at combating Islamist militants in the region.

(Reporting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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