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Monday, 20 September 2010

Mauritania: Army bombs AQIM positions

Mauritania's air force bombarded Sunday positions held by militants of Al-Qaeda's north African wing in northern Mali, a senior Mauritarian military official told AFP.

"Our army at this moment is pounding the positions of the AQIM terrorists in the north of Mali," said the official at around 1200 GMT, referring to the group known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The action was "in the framework of the fight against bands of terrorists who plague the Saharan-Sahel region, and who threaten the security and stability along Mauritania's border," he said.

The official described the action as a "logical continuation" of an offensive started on Friday and continuing Saturday, which also included aircraft, after a convoy of militants was spotted approaching the Mauritanian border from Mali.
This happens a day after 7 French workers were kidnapped in Niger, possibly by AQIM.

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