US transfers suspected senior al-Qaida member to Mauritania

June 2, 2013 01:46

NOUAKCHOTT- US authorities have transferred Younis al-Mauritani, a suspected senior member of al- Qaida previously held in Afghanistan, to Mauritania, officials in the West African nation said on Saturday.

Pakistan said in September 2011 it arrested al-Mauritani, better known in his homeland Mauritania as Youssouf Al Mauritani, during a joint operation with US intelligence services.Witnesses at the airport in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, saw a US military plane deliver a prisoner late on Friday.

Mauritanian authorities confirmed al-Mauritani's identity, adding that he had been transferred from the US military base in Bagram, Afghanistan.

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