Near Aleg xmas eve 2007
I wrote this at another forum but thought I better put it here:
"This is old meat perhaps, but I am surprised noone has uncovered the real story about the attack near Aleg, Mauritania xmas eve 2007 (that led to the cancellation of Paris-Dakar)
We applied for Mali visas in Nouakchott on January 2, and when we talked to the consulate secretary about the security situation he opened a drawer and took out pictures (from their visa applications) of the French tourists who were killed/wounded - and what was publizised as an attack on a vacationing French family picnicking with children was likely something else.
The photos showed a middleaged man with two fullgrown sons. The fourth was also fullgrown, a friend of the family.
The secretary implied that it was a business deal gone wrong, and that perhaps they were dealing with arms.
I can only speculate, but I have never seen any updates on what really went down.
We passed Aleg peacefully two days later."