Mauritania: 21 Islamic radicals to go on trial

The trial of 21 suspected Islamic extremists, some of whom are accused of ties to the terrorist group behind a deadly attack in the Algerian capital last month, begins Monday. Seven of the suspects are Mauritanian natives and are accused of having received military training from the al-Qaida-linked Salafist Group for Call and Combat in Algeria, said attorney Ahmed Ould Youssouf, head of a national association of Mauritanian lawyers. The aim of their training was "to commit acts of terrorism in Mauritania and to wage war against foreign armies in Iraq," Youssouf said. The group consists of men arrested in April 2005, as well as a second group arrested in June of that year and accused of mounting an attack on a Mauritanian army garrison that killed 17 soldiers and wounded 69 others.