Police in Mauritania say they have detained several suspects in their investigation into the murder of four French tourists. The head of the family, in his seventies, survived. Shot in the leg, he was taken to a hospital in neighbouring Senegal. His two sons, his brother and a family friend were killed.
Police said at least seven people suspected of links with the attackers had been detained. The shooting has shocked the former French colony on the Sahara desert’s western fringe.
The group had stopped along the main road from the capital Nouakchott to the tourist town of Aleg, some 250 kilometres from the capital. After refusing demands for money, the French were allegedly gunned down.
The attack raises fears about safety during the Lisbon-Dakar rally in January. Part of the route takes competitors through Mauritania.