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Mali arrests 'planner' of deadly hotel attack

Mali's intelligence service says it has arrested a key figure behind last year's deadly attack on a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako, who was also plotting attacks on Western targets this weekend.

The General Directorate of State Security said the Mauritanian man, identified as Fawaz Ould Ahmeida, was a main planner of the November 20 attack on the Radisson Blu hotel that left 20 people dead.

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 directorate said Ould Ahmeida was 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 planning attacks on Western targets this weekend.


From Belfast Telegraph