As if anyone really believed it was a picnic robbery on Christmas eve..........in Mauritania. Sell me a bridge why don't you?
Al-Qaeda Link in Tourist Killings Probed News.com.au/Reuters
Mauritania suspects Islamic extremists allied to al-Qaeda were among the killers of four French tourists gunned down when they stopped for a Christmas Eve picnic. After initially citing robbery, as the motive for Monday's attack outside Aleg, 250km southeast of the capital Nouakchott, investigators said they were hunting three killers, two of whom were suspected members of Islamic militant groups. They viewed the attack as potentially a high-profile strike by Islamist extremists aimed at Europeans at Christmas, and carried out 12 days before the January start of the Lisbon-Dakar rally that will cross Mauritania. Three turbanned gunmen fired on the picnicking French with automatic weapons at a roadside halt on Monday, killing four of them outright and wounding a fifth...Mauritania's prosecution service said in a statement two of the men being sought were "young Mauritanians suspected of belonging to extremist Salafist groups". This reference pointed to an Algeria-based Islamic militant group formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which is accused of attacks in North Africa. [read more]