It has been confirmed that gunmen in Mauritania have murdered four French nationals from the same family, seriously wounding a fifth person. At least two of the dead were said to be children. The family was attacked in a popular sightseeing area 250 km southeast of the West African country’s capital, Nouakchott. A police source said they had stopped their car to have a picnic.
President Nicolas Sarkozy from Paris said an investigation was being launched to uncover the exact circumstances.