Mauritanian soldiers found dead

Soldiers allegedly abducted by an al-Qaeda-linked group are found decapitated.

    The soldiers were captured on Monday [EPA]

    Several websites published a statement from the group on Wednesday claiming that they undertook the attack.

    The statement said that the 12 soldiers had been taken prisoner and that: "This jihadist operation targeted the allies of the Americans, the crusaders on Islamic Mauritanian territory occupied by infidels."

    Low-level violence has been ongoing for more than a year in Mauritania.

    The government has blamed these attacks on groups linked to al-Qaeda.

    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed four French tourists last year and has called for a holy war to avenge the overthrow of the democratically elected President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi by the military.


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