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Alleged mastermind of Mauritanian coup attempt arrested

Ould Hanena, the alleged mastermind of the 2003 coup attempt against President Maaouiya Ould Taya of Mauritania (official site in Hassaniya Arabic) was arrested Saturday near the Senegal border. Hanena is wanted for his alleged involvement in the 2003 attempted coup, which resulted in 15 deaths during a 2 day gun battle that was finally ended by loyalist military forces.

Hanena is also suspected of being involved in the planning of the three additional coup attempts that have occurred in Mauritania in as many months, including the most recent attempt to assassinate President Taya with a bomb. News24 has more.

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