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Mauritanian youth shoot dead American citizen
[Al Arabiya Latest] A group of youths shot dead an American national on Tuesday in the center of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, police sources said.

The man, whom investigators said ran a private language and computer school, was shot several times in the head from close range after he resisted an apparent kidnap attempt, a witness told AFP.

Al-Qaeda fighters were blamed for the killing of four French tourists in Mauritania on Dec. 24, 2007 that heightened concerns about extremist attacks in the country.

The latest shooting happened outside the school run by the American and close to a mosque at about 8:30 a.m. (0830 GMT).

"A foreigner has been shot dead, apparently by youths who fled. We are investigating the case," the police source said, adding that the victim was an American and that U.S. embassy officials were at the scene. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

According to a resident who witnessed the incident, the man apparently tried to resist being bundled into a black Toyota car by a group of youths. "When they failed to get him into the car, the youths killed him with three bullets in the head, fired at point-blank range," the witness told AFP by telephone.

High-level security officials, the governor of Noukchott and the state prosecutor visited the scene of the shooting, with the body still in the street. The U.S. ambassador to Mauritania did not comment.
Posted by:Fred

#6  At some point citizens of the west have to realize the only place their charity and good works are appreciated is in the West.
Posted by: Hellfish   2009-06-24 20:51  

#5  Sorry, Besoeker, but the smartest thing he could have done was not go there to begin with.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut   2009-06-24 19:31  

#4  Hate to say it, but to take his chances and possibly die right there might have been the smartest thing he could have done.
Posted by: Besoeker   2009-06-24 19:01  

#3  Level the Mosque.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2009-06-24 18:55  

#2  Well, if you chose to do business in Dar, you should be prepared to live (and die) by Dar's rules.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2009-06-24 03:21  

#1  Followup please.
Posted by: newc   2009-06-24 01:21