On Saturday night, a bomb exploded in Nouakchott, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Two security personnel from the French embassy were injured. It is thought that the attack is linked to Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s inauguration as President three days earlier following the 18th July elections.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs issued a statement saying it, “wishes the injured a speedy recovery and expresses wholehearted solidarity to the Mauritanian authorities in the face of this act of terrorism. France reaffirms her determination to fight against terrorism alongside the Mauritanian authorities and people.”
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz came to power in a coup during 2008 and the recent election was claimed by the opposition to be fraudulent. However, France’s officials seem willing to work with the proactively anti-terrorist leader owing to recent efforts from the Saharan country’s security forces and judicial system to crack down on Al Qaeda militants.