Mali arrests suspected terrorist mastermind

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Bamako  –   Malian Government on Friday said it has arrested a Mauritanian suspected of masterminding attacks against two hotels and a restaurant in Bamako that left over 25 people dead, a statement said.
“Fawaz Ould Ahmed, known as Ibrahim, is thought to be the brain behind the attacks on the restaurant La Terrasse in March 2015, the hotels Radisson Blu in November 2015, and Nord-Sud in March 2016,’’ it said.
It noted that the attack against Radisson Blu, killed more than 20 people.
However, Ahmed was detained by Malian Special Forces in the night between April 21 and 22 in Bamako.
The government said that the security forces seized grenades, war weapons and explosives.
“Investigations indicate that Ahmed was preparing new attacks,’’ the statement added. (dpa/NAN)

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