Friday, February 1, 2008


6 gunmen open fire on Israeli Embassy in Mauritania (Canadian Press)

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Six gunmen opened fire on the Israeli Embassy in Mauritania’s capital early Friday morning, trading fire with guards before fleeing screaming “Allah Akbar,” witnesses said.

The six men arrived by car and regrouped in front of a discotheque in the capital of the nortwestern African country that is just beside the embassy, said Hamza Ould Bilal, a taxi driver who was parked outside the club, called the VIP.

He saw them pull out automatic weapons and scream “God is Great!” in Arabic, before assailing the embassy, he said.

Gunmen Attack Israeli Embassy in Mauritania, 3 Hurt - Daniel Flynn
Gunmen opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Mauritania early on Friday, wounding at least three people, although no embassy staff were hurt in the shooting, said the Israeli ambassador in Nouakchott, Boaz Bismuth. Witnesses said the attackers, who numbered at least three, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as they exchanged fire with guards at the fortified embassy. The attack followed recent public calls by political parties in Mauritania, an Islamic republic, for the government to sever diplomatic ties with Israel. (

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