Two sol­diers ar­rested for sus­pected links to al Qaeda

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Two sol­diers have been ar­rested in Ivory Coast ac­cused of fail­ing to de­nounce sus­pected mem­bers of an al Qaeda cell that killed 19 peo­ple in a March at­tack on a beach re­sort town, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day.

Au­thor­i­ties in Ivory Coast and neigh­bour­ing Mali have ar­rested a num­ber of sus­pects since the at­tack.

Ivory Coast’s mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tor Colonel Ange Kessi said the sol­diers were not ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing di­rectly in the Grand Bas­sam plot.

“The two sol­diers knew cer­tain mem­bers of the unit that at­tacked the beach in Grand Bas­sam and did not sig­nal that to their hi­er­ar­chy, which is a se­ri­ous of­fense un­der the mil­i­tary code of jus­tice,” he said. They are due to stand trial at the end of Au­gust, Kessi added.

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