4 Mar: Taqadoumy.net was the first (unconfirmed) report I saw saying AQIM had not released Mauritania gendarme Ely Ould Mokhtar, nor Italian aid worker Rosella Urru yet. tw: [Ar] http://snup.us/tpj Apparently Taqadoumy news site phoned Ely’s wife for an update and was told he was not yet released. It is really disgraceful for official sources not to make some kind of statement.
3 Mar: Nightmare continues for Mauritania gendarme Ely & his family. No word from authorities & he’s still not home. Impossible to say “don’t panic” because it is such a stressful time for them, and they fear negotiations may have fallen through at the very last moment. Even though he called home, it was the second call they had from him and so we must consider the possibility that he was been speaking under duress. European press in Italy and Spain, following the story closely because of the Tindouf hostages, seem more confident. tw: [Ar] http://www.alakhbar.info/22876-0–F0CFC0F-F-.html
2 Mar: The government appears to have relented on their decision to allow AQIM to kill the kidnapped gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, and everyone is celebrating confirmed news of his release. Ely reportedly called home from Bamako, where AQIM supposedly freed him & the Italian aid worker Rosella Urru
The Imam at Nouakchott’s main mosque today condemned the violence in Syria and a group of activists left from there to stage a protest outside the Russian Embassy.
The activists on the March of Hope from Nouadhibou to Nouakchott has completed its second day on the 400km journey to deliver their long list of grievances to the presidential palace.
The husband of the 15 year-old pregnant girl has been arrested and charged with her murder. he is back in prison, where he was serving a sentence for murdering his previous wife until being pardoned by the president for Eid clemency.
- News and Updates 1 March 2012 (lissnup.wordpress.com)
- #Mauritania rallies behind kidnapped gendarme (lissnup.wordpress.com)
- Mauritania news and updates (lissnup.wordpress.com)
- Mauritania: Married. Pregnant. Murdered. Just 15 years old (lissnup.wordpress.com)