The suspected killers of Italian and British hostages who had been held in Nigeria have been arrested, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday in a statement, according to the government-run Nigerian Television Authority.
The Mauritanian army responded to an attack Tuesday by a terrorist group aligned with al Qaeda by mounting a counterattack in northeastern Mauritania that killed about 20 members of the group and captured nine others, military sources told CNN.
A North African Al Qaeda group is denying responsibility for last month's bombing of a popular cafe in Morocco's south central tourist city of Marrakech, which killed 16 people and injured 21, according to a report Saturday.
A video released by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shows four French hostages apparently held by the group in Niger begging French President Nicolas Sarkozy to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan.
It is a conflict fought in blistering heat, in some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. The frontline troops often wear scruffy T-shirts; most can't drive. But it is a struggle that the United States is taking ever more seriously, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
The French foreign ministry Thursday said a photograph of seven hostages in Niger -- including five French nationals -- has been authenticated and is an "encouraging sign" showing the hostages are alive.
Al Qaeda's North African wing, known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, said it is responsible for last week's kidnapping of five French nationals in Niger, the Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera reported Tuesday.
A man claiming to be the chief of an al Qaeda-linked organization in the north African country of Mauritania claimed in a video Sunday that the terrorist group has executed a 78-year-old French hostage.
Three African men suspected of ties to al Qaeda in North Africa have been arrested in Ghana and flown to New York to face charges that they engaged in drug trafficking and supported terrorism, federal officials said Friday.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said Tuesday it was holding three Spanish aid workers kidnapped late last month in Mauritania, and Spain's Foreign Minister said the government considered the claim "credible."
A man arrested in France on suspicion of links to terrorist organizations is a physicist who was working with the agency known for being home of the Large Hadron Collider -- the world's most powerful particle accelerator.
Algerian security forces have stepped up their presence on the streets of the capital, Algiers, one day after the city was shaken by two deadly bomb blasts and amid fears of a renewed insurgency in the north African country.