Are Islamist militants Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Abou Zeid dead?
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Algerian and Chadian officials in Mali say reports that Islamist militants Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Abdelhamid Abou Zeid are dead could be false. While other western countries have issued cautious statements about the two militants' death, France has been reluctant to confirm their demise because of the lack of DNA evidence. RFI spoke to Jeremy Keenan, an expert on Saharan issues.