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France expels Malian on suspected militant links

The expulsion is the 81st of its kind in the European country

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France has expelled a Malian believed to pose a “serious threat to public order for belonging to a militant Islamist movement,” the interior ministry said Saturday.

“Malian national Moussa Keita was expelled to his homeland yesterday bringing to 81 the number of expulsion measures taken since 2012,” the ministry said.

The ministry said Keita was expelled Friday on his release from jail after serving “a heavy sentence for common law offences,” the ministry said. Those included armed robbery, according to a source close to the case.

The source also said Keita had indicated interest in joining Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq.

On Thursday, France had expelled Algerian Abdelkrim Mostefai on suspicion of links to militant networks, according to a police source.