Mauritania says 17 died in al-Qaida operation

June 27, 2011 01:20

NOUAKCHOTT - Mauritania said on Sunday that 17 people were killed in a joint attack carried out with Mali on an al-Qaida in North Africa's (AQIM) camp in the Wagadou forest region near Mauritania's border on Friday.

A spokesman for the Mauritanian army said 15 al-Qaida fighters were killed and nine were captured by the Malian army. Seven Mauritanian soldiers were wounded, but two of them died later from their wounds.

"The operation, carried out about 70 kilometers from our borders, follows a decision by the Mauritanian army to sweep the area where a well protected armed camp threatened the security of our country," army spokesman Colonel Teyib Ould Brahim told a news conference.

Brahim added that the sweeping operation was ongoing and so he could not give further details.

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