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Dembra Ould Semane, the brother of Salafist prisoners Mohamed and El Khadim Ould Semane, was arrested on terrorism charges. Security forces have stepped up monitoring of Salafists who might be joining al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and affiliated groups. The popularity of Islamist parties and AQIM is rising in the country, where 59 percent of the population is under 25 and unemployment is rife.
On Jan. 28 authorities in Brakna arrested three Salafists in Chegar alleged to be members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Tens of thousands of refugees from the fighting in Mali have fled to camps in Mauritania.
Some 84 fighters from the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fled Mali for Mauritania, turning over vehicles, weapons, and ammuntion to the Mauritanian Army. The men were admitted to the M'berra refugee camp.
A British citizen was reportedly detained near the Malian border as he attempted to join up with terrorists linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. A tacit truce between between AQIM and the Mauritanian Army might be ending as the Army moves to secure the strategic town of Fassala Nere and other border areas against possible AQIM incursions.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said that his country would not send troops to battle al Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali. Aziz send the military would defend its borders and protect its citizens.
Police arrested a suspected French jihadist in Nema near the Malian border. The man, who had links to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, had entered Mauritania from Morocco, and was planning to go to Timbuktu in Mali.
President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz flew to Paris for treatment following a supposedly accidental shooting; two army officers have been detained. Some sources say the president was targeted by a militant group. Security was heightened last week over reports that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb-linked terrorists were planning an attack in Mauritania, which has opposed the Islamist takeover of neighboring Mali.