Raid kills 6 al Qaeda sus­pects

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

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.

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