Interpol warrant for French tourists' suspected killer

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Interpol said issued an international search warrant for one of the suspected killers of four French adventure tourists in Mauritania

   LYON, January 20, 2008 - Interpol said Sunday it had issued an
international search warrant for one of the suspected killers of four French
adventure tourists last month in Mauritania.
   Maarouve Mohamed Habib is "believed to be one of three people involved in
the attack in Aleg, which also left a fifth person seriously injured," the
international police agency based in Lyon, eastern France, said in a statement.
   An Interpol search warrant, or Red Notice, is intended to inform the
agency's 186 member states that a suspect is wanted by a national
jurisdiction, but is not in itself an arrest warrant.
   According to the notice, Habib is a 26-year-old Mauritanian national from
Nouakchott.
   Two of his suspected accomplices, Mohammed Chabarnoux and Sidi Ould Sidina,
were arrested on January 11 in Guinea Bissau following a manhunt across west
Africa, and have since been extradited to Mauritania.
   Mauritanian authorities believe the three to have links to the Al-Qaeda
network in north Africa.
   Eight other Mauritanians suspected of having helped the killers and who
were arrested soon after the probe began in the southern region of Aleg were
brought before a prosecutor Sunday in Nouakchott.
   Four of those were charged with helping the killers flee and evade capture,
according to a court source who asked for anonymity.
   Two of these -- Moustapha Ould Abdel Kader, suspected of having ordered the
attack, and Taki Ould Moulaye Ould Sinni -- were denied bail.
   The remaining four, including two women, were released owing to a lack of
evidence.
   The roadside killing and an attack on a military base in north Mauritania
two days later, which left three soldiers dead, led to the cancellation of the
Dakar 2008 motor rally across the Sahara.
   The Al-Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attacks on
Mauritanian troops.

AFP 

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