Joyeux Noel! Muslim 'freedom fighters' defend themselves against French tourists as they picnicked. We all know how oppressive those French picnickers can be...
Mauritanian authorities said they were searching Tuesday for three men suspected of links with a local terror network in connection with the fatal shooting of four picnicking French tourists.
Gunmen opened fire on the tourists after they refused to hand over their money Monday near Aleg, a small town 150 miles east of Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, police said.
The dead included two children. Their father, the sole survivor, was seriously wounded and flown overnight to the main hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, where he was in an intensive care unit, said Moussa Samb, spokesman for the hospital.
The three suspects were tried this year by a Mauritanian court on terror-related charges but acquitted and released. Prosecutors had accused them of being local members of the Algeria-based terror network, al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, and of training with the group in Algeria.
The man who allegedly arranged the taxi for the three was tried earlier this year on similar charges. He was convicted of having trained with the al-Qaida group in Algeria and given a one-year suspended sentence.
UPDATE: ABC News reports at least two of the perpetrators of this horrible crime have been captured:
Two Mauritanians suspected of involvement in the killings of four French tourists were arrested Friday and officials said they are believed to belong to an Algerian-based terror cell affiliated with al-Qaida.
The two suspects, both in their 20s, have confessed to participating in the Christmas Eve attack, said Lucinda Barbosa, director of judicial police in the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.