Suicide bombing near French embassy in Mauritania

Last Updated: Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 09:53

Nouakchott: A suicide bomber has died after staging an explosion near the French embassy in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, as two members of staff were jogging nearby, police and embassy staff said.
The blast took place yesterday.

"Two French nationals, security employees at the French embassy, were near the man at the moment of the blast," embassy official Marc Flattot said.

"They are in hospital, they are unharmed, but in shock," he added.

"The Westerners are in hospital but their lives are not in danger," a police official said.

The bomber had a belt laden with explosives, police said, adding that he staged the explosion a little before 7:00 pm local time near the wall of the French embassy complex in Nouakchott.

The attack comes three days after the west African country`s coup leader, who staged a widely condemned putsch a year ago, took power in the former French colony following contested elections.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 09:53

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