Mauritania: Detained Islamists Killed American

Mauritania's state security chief
says two men detained in a late-night shootout in the capital are
part of an al-Qaida-linked terror cell that killed an American
citizen last month.

Mohamed Lemine Ould Ahmed says the pair were among four people
responsible for killing a 39-year-old American in Nouakchott in
June.

Ahmed says two other members of the cell were detained four days
after the attack. He said Saturday the attackers had entered
Mauritania from Mali.

One of the two men detained Friday was shot and wounded by
police. Ahmed confirmed reports the wounded man was wearing an
explosive belt around his waist.

The American had lived in Mauritania for seven years. Al-Qaida
claimed responsibility for the American's death.


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