French attack suspect likely captured in Mauritania clash
Fugitive charged with killing four French tourists in Mauritania was likely captured in a clash Monday with Islamist militants.
NOUAKCHOTT, April 8, 2008 - A fugitive charged with killing four French tourists in Mauritania was likely captured in a clash Monday with Islamist militants on the outskirts of the capital, a security official said.
Mauritanian soldiers surrounded the militants in a building under
construction on the northwestern outskirts of the city and in a fierce
shoot-out two people were killed and eight wounded, including one captured
militant, a security official who asked not to be named told AFP.
He said the captured man "was riddled with bullet wounds. We're 80 percent
sure he is Sidi Ould Sidna," one of three people charged with the December 24
killings which forced the cancellation of the Dakar rally.
Evacuated to a hospital, the man underwent emergency treatment and has left
the operating ward, a hospital official said.
"The man closely resembles the fugitive," said the official, adding that
seven troops were wounded in the fighting and one killed.
Ould Sidna escaped from a court building toilet last week, and then evaded
security forces in a another shoot-out.
Ould Sidna is suspected of relations with a group of Algerian origin linked
to the Al-Qaeda network and active since early 2007, notably in Algeria and
its desert neighbours Mauritania and Mali.