Al-Qaeda claims to have killed 19 Mauritanian soldiers
Al-Qaeda's north African wing claimed to have killed 19 soldiers during a weekend offensive by the Mauritanian army, in a communique published Wednesday by the online Nouakchott News.
In what it referred to as a "crushing blow" to the Mauritanian army, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed to have also injured "dozens of soldiers", captured five vehicles and destroyed two others.
Mauritanian military sources had reported a death toll of eight soldiers and at least 12 AQIM fighters.
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