Nouakchott (Mauritania): Al-Qaeda`s north
African wing claimed to have killed 19 soldiers during a
weekend offensive by the Mauritanian army, in a communique
published today by the online Nouakchott News.
In what it referred to as a "crushing blow" to the
Mauritanian army, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)
claimed to have also injured "dozens of soldiers", captured
five vehicles and destroyed two others.
Mauritanian military sources had reported a death toll of
eight soldiers and at least 12 AQIM fighters.