Mauritania Bomber Injures 3 Near French Embassy

By: Ahmed Mohamed AP Email
By: Ahmed Mohamed AP Email

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) - A Mauritanian police officer says a suicide bomber killed himself outside the French Embassy. The blast also wounded two embassy guards and a woman in the street.

A policeman at the scene of the bombing says the young man blew
himself up around 7 p.m. (1900 GMT, 3 p.m. EDT). The policeman did
not give his name, saying he was not allowed to talk to journalists.

Extremist violence in Mauritania, a moderate Muslim nation in West Africa, has increased in recent years.

Earlier this month, a judge charged three men with murder in the slaying of an American teacher in Mauritania, and also charged them with aiding al-Qaida, which had claimed responsibility for the murder.

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