NARCO ANALYSIS: Mauritania Terrorists' Prison Break

March 6, 2023

By Geoff D. Porter

Per the Mauritanian Ministry of Interior, the evening of 5 March, Mauritania suffered its first “terrorist attack” in 12 years. Four prisoners linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) escaped the Central Prison in Nouakchott late Sunday evening. They killed two guards and injured two more before fleeing in a get-away car. They eventually ditched the car and continued on foot in the Dar Naim neighborhood in northeastern Nouakchott. Importantly, the escaped prisoners were not al-Qaeda or Islamic State foot soldiers, but high-profile members of the terrorist organizations.

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