Al-Qaeda fighters in Mauritania, on Sunday night, who had been languishing in a prison in central Nouakchott for more than 10 years after being convicted of involvement in terrorist attacks, killed two members of the National Guard battalion in charge of securing and guarding the prison and fled. .
Units from the army, the presidential guard, the gendarmerie, the National Guard, and the police deployed at sensitive points and various locations in the capital to secure them, while dozens of soldiers and security men are trying to track down al-Qaeda elements, which are classified as “very dangerous”, and arrest them to return them to prison.
Two of the fugitive fighters participated in attacks on army barracks in Mauritania during the period of terrorism and confrontation with the organization between 2005 and 2011.
The Mauritanian Ministry of the Interior said that the process of tracking down the terrorists who escaped from the central prison in Nouakchott has begun, and that they will be arrested as soon as possible.
A statement of the Ministry of the Interior, published by the (official) Mauritanian News Agency, called on citizens to report any information that may help in the arrest of terrorists by calling the green numbers for security.
The statement of the Ministry of the Interior stated that “at around nine o’clock in the evening today, corresponding to March 05, 2023, 4 terrorists managed to escape from the central prison in Nouakchott after they assaulted the personnel in charge of guarding, which led to an exchange of fire, during which two members of the National Guard were killed, and one was wounded.” Two lightly injured.