'Killings were terror attacks'

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of aiding the escape of three men wanted for the Christmas Eve slaying of four members of a French family on holiday in Mauritania.

Investigators said the man told police the suspects bought the car in Nouakchott on December 23, a day before the tourists were attacked. Only the father of the slain family survived the attack, which occurred in a town 250km east of the capital as the family picnicked on the side of a road.

Four days after this slaying, three soldiers were killed at a checkpoint in northern Mauritania.

The Mauritania government has called these terror attacks.

An al-Qaeda wing in North Africa claimed responsibility for this killing. No claim has been made for the slaying of the French tourists. - Sapa-AP