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Mali says it arrested mastermind behind deadly hotel assault last Nov

AP
Published Apr 22, 2016, 11:07 am IST
Updated Apr 22, 2016, 11:12 am IST
The man, identified as Fawaz Ould Ahmeida, was a main planner of the Nov. 20 attack on the Radisson Blu hotel that left over 20 dead.
 Mali security personal carry the body of a victim inside the Radisson Blu hotel after an attack. (Photo: AP)
  Mali security personal carry the body of a victim inside the Radisson Blu hotel after an attack. (Photo: AP)

Bamako: Mali's intelligence service says it has arrested a Mauritanian man behind a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, Bamako, last November.

The General Directorate of State Security said in a statement late yesterday that the man, identified as Fawaz Ould Ahmeida, was a main planner of the Nov. 20 attack on the Radisson Blu hotel that left 20 dead.

 

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It also linked him to an attack last month on the European Union military training mission's headquarters in Bamako. One assailant died in that incident.

The statement said Ould Ahmeida is a member of the Al-Mourabitoun group, which has also been implicated in the March 13 assault on a beach town in Ivory Coast.

It said he was plotting attacks on Western targets for this weekend.

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