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New worries for Mauritania as terrorists flee into nation

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
5/9/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Terrorists, a mixture of several nationalities, blend effortlessly into local population

There is growing unease in the northern regions of Mauritania. Terrorist groups, allied with the Al Mulathameen Brigade, which is loyal to Algerian terrorist leader Mokhtar BelMokhtar, have fled into the largely desert region to hide.

Terrorist groups, allied with the Al Mulathameen Brigade, which is loyal to Algerian terrorist leader Mokhtar BelMokhtar, pictured, have fled into the largely desert region to hide.

Terrorist groups, allied with the Al Mulathameen Brigade, which is loyal to Algerian terrorist leader Mokhtar BelMokhtar, pictured, have fled into the largely desert region to hide.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/9/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Terrorists, Mauritania, general population


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The brigade clashed with an Algerian detachment of the national army earlier this month in the Tinzawatine region, south of the capital of Algiers. The brigade entered Algerian territory before being subjected to fire from Algerian security forces.

Fleeing into neighboring Mauritania, there is now serious concern among security forces. They have now been tasked to collect information leading to the arrest of those responsible for terrorist acts in the Sahel Region. 

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A new front in Mauritania will put a significant strain on both policy makers and security agents of this mostly desert nation. 

More perplexing is the fact that the terrorists are a mixture of different nationalities giving them the opportunity to melt away into the local population. Mauritanian intelligence will have a difficult time keeping track of these factions, in addition to other related groups currently operating in Western Africa.

"The situation is seriously being confused in Northern Mauritania where several terrorists fled to reorganize themselves to get ready to launch new attacks probably in the times to come. Mauritanian leaders and Malian authorities have signed an agreement to boost military cooperation and information sharing in their battle against terrorist groups operating in the Sahel. So much remains to be done within this realm and the local population is being subject to fear regarding the stability" a Malian journalist spoke on the condition of anonymity.

In the meantime, Algeria is strengthening the surveillance in its southern borders and its security forces are striving to avoid any terrorist infiltration in their territory. The use of helicopters and other heavy means is likely to corroborate the seriousness of the danger targeting not only this oil-rich country but also its neighboring areas such as Mauritania, Mali and Niger.

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