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Chris Scott 14 Oct 2012 00:28

Mori PM assassination attempt
... or just an unfortunate accident?

Dont know if this could affect travel or visas...

BBC News - Mauritania President Abdelaziz shot and wounded

priffe 15 Oct 2012 13:53

According to reports shot by military "by mistake" as he was driving to his house in Tweila 40 kms north of Nkt. Could be interpreted as:
- a coup attempt
- a terrorist attack by someone inspired by or connected to Aqim
- a mistake
The sort of thing that could change the rules for travelling in the country, but so far not what I have heard.
Terrorist attack or complot?

kingkurt 17 Oct 2012 11:48

I hope it does not effect visas, I will be applying for mine in Rabat in a few weeks, hope it all cools down by then

Roger Bruton 18 Oct 2012 12:02

kingkurt -- please let us all know how your visa process in Rabat goes!
(good luck!! :-) )

priffe 24 Oct 2012 12:57

The young lieutenant perpetrator went on national television to explain his mistake.

le lieutenant-qui-a-tire-sur-le-president-ould-abdelaziz-explique

Roger Bruton 24 Oct 2012 15:06

So ... no turbans or fast driving around THERE then!!

greenbug 30 Oct 2012 20:58

Also asked about this, several people from the policeman to a government employee. All agree and present the following explanation:
The president decided , for some unknown reason, to drive on his own in an unmarked car in the desert in a restricted zone. When challenged, by a shot being fired in the air, he did not stop- hence his wounding. Apparently after the incident the president apologised for not respecting the rules of military check points.
Sounds just a little odd but that is what everyone has said.

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