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New arrest in teacher's death

July 25, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A police official says a third suspected Al Qaeda member was arrested for the June slaying of an American teacher.

Police commissioner Mohammed Ould Ghassem says 26-year-old Didi Ould Bezeid was arrested in Nouakchott, the capital.

Ghassem said Bezeid was the third member of a suspected Al Qaeda-linked terrorist cell that claimed responsibility for the killing of 39-year-old Christopher Ervin Leggett. The North Africa branch of Al Qaeda claimed to have killed Leggett because it said he was trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.

On July 17, police arrested two other suspects in the killing.

Extremist violence in Mauritania, a moderate Muslim nation, has increased in recent years.

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