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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Violence as Mauritanians Vote

Shooting reportedly broke out in the Mauritanian capital between armed men and police, shortly before the country's presidential election got under way.

One armed man was wounded as he threatened to blow up an explosives-filled belt in Nouakchott, security sources said.

Another attacker was arrested while a third escaped, witnesses said.

The wounded man was lying in a street in the central Ksar district surrounded by security forces, who kept onlookers at bay, a correspondent for the AFP news agency reported.

The assailants may have been extremists who were being kept under police surveillance, a security source said

link: Al Jazeera English - Africa - Mauritania vote begins amid gunfire


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