NOUAKCHOTT — The man who ran Libya’s extensive spy network and was considered one of the closest confidants of dictator Moammar Gadhafi was indicted in Mauritania on Monday and transferred to a public jail, according to a justice official.
Abdullah al-Senoussi, Libya’s former head of intelligence, is wanted by the International Criminal Court, as well as by France and Libya, for crimes allegedly committed during his time with Gadhafi, who was overthrown and killed last year.
The judge in Mauritania is indicting Mr. al-Senoussi on a technicality, after the ex-spy chief tried to enter Mauritania disguised as a Tuareg chieftain, said the official who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
On the run since the fall of Tripoli last year, Mr. al-Senoussi attempted to enter the Nouakchott airport in March on a fake Malian passport, after boarding a flight from Morocco.
Al Qaeda claims credit for bombing
SANAA — Al Qaeda terrorists claimed credit Monday for the suicide bombing that killed 96 soldiers and said the attack was aimed at the defense minister.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal in Yemen’s capital in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years, according to the ministry of defense, officials and witnesses.
Before al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the bombing, officials already suspected the attack was an assassination attempt against Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, who arrived at the city square for the parade just minutes before the blast ripped through the area.
The attack came as the country’s new political leadership has been stepping up the fight against al Qaeda terrorists holding large swaths of land in the nation’s south.
Yemen’s new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has also been embroiled in a power struggle with loyalists of ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. He has sacked several of them along with family members from top positions in the armed forces, including the air force.
Cop’s widow condemns length of prison terms
DUBLIN — The widow of a Northern Ireland policeman killed by Irish Republican Army dissidents condemned the length of prison sentences imposed Monday on his murderers, saying they were too short to deter more attacks by IRA factions.