Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tunisian Terrorist Sentenced to Death in Bamako, Foreign Travel to Mail Discouraged

According to AFP, Tunisian national Bachir Simoun, 24, was sentenced to death earlier today (November 29) for an attack on the French Embassy in Bamako on January 5, 2011, that killed a Malian national. Simoun, who is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was armed with a handgun, an IED (improvised explosive device) and a fragmentation grenade the day of the embassy attack.

COMMENT: Simoun also escaped from prison in February while awaiting trial, but was arrested in northern Mali two days later and returned to prison. Although capital punishment is rarely carried out in Mail, it is believed that Simoun's escape while awaiting trial is attributed to the death sentence.

Given the recent kidnappings of foreigners in Mali, not to mention the murder of a German tourist who resisted a kidnapping days ago, it is strongly recommended that foreigners not travel to Mali unless it is absolutely essential and only if afforded extraordinary personal security support.

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