Spokesman for Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group says to surrender

2013-04-18 08:13:45 GMT2013-04-18 16:13:45(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NOUAKCHOTT, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman for Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group, Senda Ould Boumama, has expressed the intention of surrendering to the Algerian forces.

Boumama's decision was announced on Wednesday by the Nouakchott Information Agency, (ANI) which is occasionally well informed on activities of the jihadists.

"I have walked on foot for a distance of 80 km to reach the Algerian border and I am currently a short distance away from the Algerian town of Borj Baji Elmoctar," he said in a statement cited by ANI.

"Yesterday, Tuesday, I survived an assassination plot that was planned by unknown individuals," he said, without divulging further information.

He appealed to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz "to do everything possible to ensure his extradition to Mauritania, where he can be charged," and this is also because he is of Mauritania origin.

During the occupation of northern Mali between March 2012 and January 2013, Ould Boumama served as the spokesman for Ansar Dine (Defenders of Religion), one of the rebel groups routed out of major towns amid counter-offensives by joint forces in the region.

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