Mali arrests 11 in sweep following al-Qaida raid

June 28, 2011 11:35


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BAMAKO - The Mali an army has detained 11 suspected Islamist militants in a sweep following an attack on a base belonging to al-Qaida's African wing, a military source said on Monday.

"We have arrested 11 people in the Wagadou region and we have handed them over to the secret service," the source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mauritania said on Sunday that 17 people were killed in a joint attack it carried out with Malian forces on an al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) camp in the Wagadou forest region near Mauritania's border on Friday.

A Mauritanian army spokesman said 15 al-Qaida fighter were killed and nine were captured by the Malian army while two Mauritanian soldiers were killed during the fighting and five wounded.

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