Niger extradites Islamic extremist to Mauritania

08:52, May 04, 2010      

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An Islamic extremist Taghi Ould Youssef was extradited to Mauritania from Niger on Monday, security sources said.

Youssef, who had been arrested in northern Niger for involvement in attacks in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, arrived in the city by air under police escort,

According to the police, Ould Youssef is a member of the Mauritanian unit of the North African Al-Qaeda wing. He has connections with the 2008 confrontations at the Tevragh Zeina residential area in the center of Nouakchott. One police officer and two extremists were killed in the clash and several police officers were injured.

Ould Youssef escaped several arrest attempts by the Mauritanian anti-terrorism police, who consider him a "dangerous person."

His photo was displayed in Nouakchott in April 2008 with his full description and an international arrest warrant.

More than 60 suspected Islamic jihadists are currently jailed in Nouakchott. The hearing of their cases is set to open on May 15.



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