An ariel photo shows the wall separating Morocco and Mauritania in the Saharan occidental on January 4, 2002. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG
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Some 30 Islamists have launched a hunger strike at Mauritania's main jail saying they are being punished after a New Year's Eve escape by a high-profile prisoner facing death over an Al-Qaeda assassination plot.Cheikh Ould Saleck, 31, on death row since 2011 over an Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate the president, was last seen by fellow inmates at Nouakchott's central prison at midday on Dec. 31 .Ould Saleck and a fellow AQIM extremist were arrested on the outskirts of the Mauritanian capital in 2011 when the army foiled their plot to kill President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz using two car bombs.
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