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Mauritania mourns gendarme killed in seek for jihadist fugitives, 1 escapee arrested

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Tons of of Mauritanian troopers and civilians attended Sunday (Mar. 12) in Nouakchott, the funeral of a gendarme who was killed throughout an operation to arrest 4 terrorists who escaped from jail.

Relations, various ministers, heads of safety providers, and the remainder of the viewers carried out the funeral prayer in entrance of the coffin of Gendarmerie Mustafa Ould Khudair Ould Obeid, in keeping with an AFP journalist.

The coffin was coated with the nationwide flag within the Ibn Abbas Mosque, not removed from the jail from which the terrorists escaped per week in the past.

The gendarme was killed on Friday evening (Mar. 10), throughout a conflict with the 4 fugitives, within the Adrar area (north), a whole lot of kilometers from Nouakchott.

Nigerien authorities stated Saturday (Mar. 11) that three fugitives have been killed, together with Salek Ould Cheikh, who was on loss of life row, whereas the fourth was arrested.

Though it has not been abolished, Mauritania has not carried out the loss of life penalty since 1987.

Two members of the Nationwide Guard have been killed through the terrorists’ escape from the jail in Nouakchott.

Ould Cheikh was sentenced to loss of life in 2011 in reference to the try and assassinate then-president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the focusing on of the French embassy. 

Salek Ould Cheikh beforehand escaped from jail in December 2015, earlier than being arrested in Guinea-Bissau and returned to Mauritania three weeks later.