AQIM member extradited by Mali to Mauritania

21:59, February 14, 2011      

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A member of the North African wing of Al Qaeda (AQIM) arrested by the Malian security was extradited to Mauritania over the weekend, authorities said on Sunday.

The AQIM member identified as Mohamed Lemine Ould M'Balla, alias Maouiya, took part in last week's failed bomb attack in Mauritania and fled into Mali, where he was arrested together with one of his accomplices.

With the arrival of Ould M'Balla on Saturday night, Mauritania now detains three AQIM fighters involved in the attempted attack. Vehicles full of explosives were used by AQIM members, of whom four were killed during the operation.

On Feb. 2, the Mauritanian army fired a rocket at a vehicle loaded with explosives near the western entry to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. The pre-empt shooting left three AQIM members dead and nine Mauritanian soldiers injured.

Source: Xinhua
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