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France jails Masood murder plotters

[JURIST] A court in Paris jailed three men for 2 to 7 years Tuesday for offering logistical support to al Qaeda agents who killed Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Masood [BBC profile] shortly before the attacks on September 11th, 2001. The north African trio - Abderrahmane Ameuroud, Adel Tibourski, and Youssef el Aouni - were convicted of funding two Tunisian militants posing as journalists who exploded suicide bombs killing Masood. An al Qaeda target because of his leadership skills within the Northern Alliance [Wikipedia entry], Masood was a key player in ending the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan [Wikipedia entry]. Two other men were cleared of any wrongdoing by the court. Reuters has more.

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