Posted by: APO | 26 June 2009

MAURITANIA / US Department of state Daily Press Briefing


MAURITANIA / US Department of state Daily Press Briefing

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ US Department of state Daily Press Briefing :

QUESTION: A faction of al-Qaida has apparently taken responsibility for killing an American in Mauritania and saying that he was proselytizing. I just wonder what you know about that case and the state of cooperation with the Mauritanian Government.

MR. KELLY: Yeah, if you just give me a moment, I’ll – I do have something for you. We’re closely working with the local police as they investigate this terrible murder. The investigation is ongoing, so I don’t have a whole lot of details. We’re not able to corroborate or dismiss the claim that it was a terrorist attack. It’s too early to tell if this was just simply rhetoric or propaganda on the part of some of these groups. And so because of that, because it’s ongoing, we can’t really speculate on the motive yet.


US Department of State


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