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Truck suicide bomber shot dead

A suicide bomber attempted to drive a truck loaded with explosives into an army barracks in Mauritania, but was shot and killed when he refused to stop.

The truck exploded just outside the barracks, damaging several buildings in the town of Nema, located 1,200 miles from the capital Nouakchott.

The attack early on Wednesday morning came two days after terror group al Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb, or AQMI, released two Spanish hostages they kidnapped last November.

Several weeks ago, AQMI said they planned to avenge a joint raid on one of their bases led by Mauritanian and French commandos.

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