At 9 pm on March 5, 2023, four terrorists managed to escape from the central prison in Nouakchott after attacking the guards, which led to an exchange of fire during which two members of the National Guard died and two others were slightly injured.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
With four jihadists escaping from a prison in Nouakchott, Mauritania on Sunday evening, killing two police officers, the United States is the only country in the Sahel that has not been attacked since 2011.
The fugitives' identities have not been revealed.
According to a military official who requested anonymity, two of them were sentenced to death and the other two are awaiting trial for membership in a terrorist organization.
According to the same source, their vehicle was discovered northeast of Nouakchott.
Since 1987, Mauritania has not used the death penalty.
"The National Guard has strengthened its control over the prison and has immediately begun tracking down the fugitives to arrest them as quickly as possible," the ministry said, calling on citizens to provide any information that could contribute to their capture.
Mauritania, along with Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad, is a member of the G5 Sahel, which Mali left in 2022, and its anti-jihadist force, which is backed by France, the US, and the UN.
In addition to development, Paris claims significant security and defence cooperation with Nouakchott.
The Mauritanian government is investing in training and working to retain soldiers through increased budgets, new equipment, bank-paid salaries, and social support for the military.