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Lisbon-Dakar race to go through Mauritania despite al-Qaida claims

Updated: December 28, 2007, 6:03 PM ET
Reuters

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- A senior Lisbon-Dakar Rally official said the event would follow its planned route through Mauritania despite two deadly attacks, one of them claimed as an al-Qaida raid.

An unauthenticated audio recording broadcast by Al Arabiya television said al-Qaida's north African wing, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, had killed four Mauritanian soldiers in the remote north of the country late on Wednesday.

The attack came after gunmen shot dead four French tourists ...

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