The Polisario Front of the Sahara Independence Movement launched an all-out attack on the Mauritanian capital, Nousckchott on Tuesday (8 June).
The Polisario Front of the Sahara Independence Movement launched an all-out attack on the Mauritanian capital, Nousckchott on Tuesday (8 June). The next day the Front's leader Sayed El Wali was killed during fighting with Mauritanian troops.
SYNOPSIS: The same day Salem Ould Salek, Secretary General of the Ministry of Information of the Saharan Democratic Arab Republic, held a news conference in the Algerian capital, Algers, to give details of Tuesday's Polisario attacks.
Mr. Salek claimed that due to the courage and determination of the guerrillas the Mauritanian colonialist force didn't have a chance to counter-attack. The guerrillas are fighting for the independence of Western Sahara which was formerly ruled by Spain but ceded to both Morocco and Mauritania early this year. Last February the Sahara Democratic Arab Republic was pro-claimed and since then the Polisario font, backed by both Algeria and Libya, has been waging a guerrilla war against Morocco and Mauritania. According to its latest communique issued in Algers, Mauritanian forces suffered 76 dead and 72 wow wounded in the second half of last month.