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Old 24 Nov 2010
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23/11/2010 I own some property down on the Moroc / Western Sahara border, and a girlfriend of mine from there whos fathers in the army has just told me that a business man from Algeria has just been beaten to death by al-Qaida in Mauritania and two motor homes, one Italian and one French have gone missing. The King of Senegal or at least the head if there is no king (I can't remember what she said) anyway he's visiting Morocco to see what they can do about the problem in Mauritania as its affecting Senegal in a big way. I was off next week to Morocco (to catch up with my friend) then heading to Senegal for the winter. Not sure now, will watch the situation. I'm not sure where to paste this info around, if you guys know please tell who you can.
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Did your friend say where in Mauritania this has happened?
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No she didn't, apparently its all over their local TV now. Don't get me wrong I've been warned not to go just about everywhere I've been and still rode it. But hey, that's what this thread is about, I can only tell you what I know, the rest is up to you. But if you see someone who apparently needs help, scoot on by,,, don't stop ,,,, its not your problem.
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<<a business man from Algeria has just been beaten to death by al-Qaida in Mauritania and two motor homes, one Italian and one French have gone missing<<


thats not true.
no such announcement in the mauritanian press/tv.
i telephoned with the police in nouadhibou, they did not hear anything about missing tourists.

..many "experts" - many rumours..

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o so dangerous mauritania

Hey folks!

The (unofficial) results of the last elections, closing at 20 Hrs. were announced in the national TV by midnight!

After 14 years of peaceful residency in Mauritania I could give you some information and assure everybody that the situation is quiet, secured and that from the side of Mauritanian authorities there are no restrictions for travelling in the country- excepted the military zones east of Nema and the whole north-east bordering Algeria, the Polisario-zone and Mali.
Be welcome and come enjoy the beautiful Mauritanian desert.
Justus Buma Atar Mauritania

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Bab Sahara

I was in Mauritania back in June, an American riding alone on a Harley and I stayed at the Bab Sahara. Jus the owner is a man that can be trusted to tell it like it is. Jus knows Mauritania very well. I had a great time staying at the Bab Sahara and visiting Mauritania. If your thinking about going to Mauritania email Jus for current info and just go. Make sure you check out the Bab Sahara it's a very cool place to hangout and explore the area from.

Tim Bussey
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Originally Posted by bab sahara View Post
Hey folks!

whole north-east bordering Algeria, the Polisario-zone and Mali.
@Bab Sahara,
are you saying it is impossible to cross from Mali to Mauritania (taking the road from Kayes northbound)?
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