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Polisario denies Islamist fighters in Sahara refugee camps

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The Polisario Front, which is fighting for independence of the western Sahara from Morocco, has denied that Islamist fighters fleeing Mali have infiltrated refugee camps in  Algeria. The French news agency AFP quoted anonymous African sources saying that "many" Mujao combatants had found shelter in the camps. But Mohamed Khadad, a member of the Polisario Front executive committee, says that the reports are false.