Libyan arms are now in the hands of terrorists and criminals, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said Wednesday (September 14th) in an interview with satellite channel France 24, ANI reported."The important arsenal possessed by this country has largely vanished and is found now on all axes of the Sahel," the President said. He pointed out that after the July attack by al-Qaeda fighters on the Bassiknou military garrison, Mauritanian military forces "destroyed a large quantity of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles that could only have come from Libya".
According to the president, information "confirmed by several sources proves that there is a massive flow of weapons that have left Libya to end up in the Sahel".
In its coverage of the interview, Tout sur l'Algerie noted, "The Mauritanian President confirms the fears repeatedly expressed by Algeria regarding the destination of part of the Libyan weapons. Algeria, on several occasions, has spoken of the entry onto Algerian soil of arms from Libya that have fallen into the hands of AQIM."http://magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/general/2011/09/15/newsbrief-02