Raid kills 6 al Qaeda suspects
PARIS — The French military said it helped Mauritanian forces thwart an attack by suspected al Qaeda extremists. Mauritanian commandos with French “technical and logistics support” carried out the raid on a small terrorist campsite in the Sahara Desert. Mauritanian Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Boilil said six suspects were killed. The group had been planning to attack a Mauritanian military base next week, he added. Officials declined to comment on reports the commandos were seeking — but didn’t find — a 78-year-old French hostage, Michel Germaneau, who was kidnapped April 22 in neighboring Niger.