Arrest in Guinea of escaped Al-Qaeda death row detainee

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Nouakchott (AFP)

A Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadi on death row until his escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested on Tuesday night after crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea, security sources said Wednesday.

"Cheikh Ould Saleck was on the run for three weeks, and from Mauritania entered Senegal then Guinea-Bissau," a high-ranking police source who asked not to be identified told AFP.

He said Saleck was arrested near the border there, but security sources in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau said he was nabbed inside Guinea, not far from the border.