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Hamada Ould Mohamed Kheirou, the presumed leader of an armed Islamist group called the Movement for Unity and Justice in West Africa, has "declared war" against France. Last week, Mauritania issued an international arrest warrant against Kheirou, also known as Abou Qumqum.
Security forces clashed with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters near the Malian border; no casualties have been reported. The clash took place after AQIM fighters attacked a police station in Adel Bagrou and kidnapped one officer.
A security official claimed that Teyeb Ould Sidi Aly, a wanted Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader, was killed two days ago in an airstrike in the Wagadou forest in Mali. Aly directed suicide attacks in Mauritania, including one that targeted the president.
The Mauritanian military attacked an al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb base inside Mali in the Wagadou forest. "Our armed forces carried out pre-emptive air strikes against this enemy to destroy it," an official military statement said.
Fighters believed to be from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) attacked a military base in the east near Nema but were repelled by Mauritanian military aircraft. Two days ago, AQIM claimed it killed 20 soldiers in a battle in Mali on June 24.
Security forces launched a "major operation" against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters situated in the Nara area along the border with Mali. Mauritanian forces have established a joint command center with Malian forces to coordinate efforts.