The Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) claims responsibility for the killing of soldiers of the Mauritanian army, in an operation launched on a military base in northeast Mauritania, June 3. The claim was posted on the group?s official site yesterday, June 5, 2005.
In an operation the GSPC considers the ?first of its kind,? members of the group sought to avenge the ?brothers who were recently captured by the converted Mauritanian regime, and to stand up for the weakened Muslims there.? According to the message, the attack resulted in the ?killing and injuring several of the devil soldiers at their own place,? and different correspondents to the group tallied between 18 and 50 dead, and 20 injured. Media reports indicate that at least 15 soldiers were killed, and 13 injured. The GSPC states that this ?is a clear message from us saying that our activity will not only be to fight the inland enemy, but all who are enemies of religion, wherever they are.?
The GSPC, in recent years has become the preeminent jihadist organization in Algeria and overseas and is considered responsible for most of the over 900 individuals killed within Algeria by Jihadist violence.
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