Mauritania: Military on alert for possible Al-Qaeda attack
last update: July 07, 12:33
Nouakchott, 7 July (AKI) - The military from Mauritanian and Mali have been put on alert for a possible attack by Al-Qaeda insurgents, according to a Thursday report by Arab-language satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.
The African countries' intelligence warned of an attack to avenge Tuesday's military offensive that killed 20 insurgents, according to the report. Another 10 militants were captured.
An Al-Qaeda source told Al-Jazeera that his group shot down a military helicopter and destroyed three vehicles during Tuesday's fighting near an army base in Bassiknou on the border with Mali.
The Mauritanian military has conducted a series of operations with the help of France to fight suspected terrorists. In July last year, France helped Mauritanian soldiers in a mission that killed six alleged militants near the Mali border.
North and West Africa are considered areas of high-risk from the threat of terrorist and organised crime networks.
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