“Algerian Islamist group claims Mauritania attack,” from AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
NOUAKCHOTT – An Algerian Islamic group said to be linked to the Al-Qaeda network claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 15 people on a military base in Mauritania, in a statement on its website.
“This operation was staged to avenge our brothers imprisoned by the infidel regime” in Nouakchott, said the statement, written in Arabic, from the Algerian rebel Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC)….
The Mauritanian government said 15 people were killed and 17 injured in the raid on Saturday on the military base by about 150 insurgents in the isolated desert Lemgheitty region.
It blamed the GSPC and said the attack proves the links between the group, said to have ties to the Al-Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden, and dozens of Mauritanian Islamists incarcerated over the last six weeks.
“It is a clear message that means that our actions will not stop at our enemy within (Algeria), but will reach enemies of our faith wherever they are,” said the GSPC statement.
“We have, thank God, shown that we are in a position to attack … those who refuse to impose Sharia (Islamic law).”…
Yes, as have many of their comrades in arms.