‘Eyewitnesses recount last moments of slain youth to Al-Akhbar,’ Al-Akhbar (Mauritania), 3 March 2014

A Mauritanian youth was killed in the capital of Nouackchott on Monday as police broke up a protest against a reported Qur’an desecration. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered, demanding punishments for the perpetrator, and police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, with one being struck in the chest and killed.

شهود عيان يروون للأخبار اللحظات الأخيرة للشاب القتيل

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قال شهود عيان كانوا إلى جانب الشاب أحمد ولد حمود في لحظاته الأخيرة، مؤكدين أنهم استخلصوه منه الشرطة بعيد إصابته أمام القصر الرئاسي مباشرة، مرجحين أن يكون توفي في مكان إصابته قبل نقله إلى المستشفى

وقال الحسين ولد حامدون والحياة ولد محمد – وهما متظاهران شاركا في احتجاجات اليوم – إنهما كانا إلى جانب الشاب ولد حمود لدى انطلاقة المسيرة باتجاه القصر الرئاسي، مؤكدين في حديث مشترك للأخبار أنها المرة الأولى التي يريانه فيها

وأضافا أنهم كانا ضمن مجموعة نجحت في الالتفاف على قوات الأمن والوصول إلى بوابة القصر الرئاسي، مردفين أن قوات الشرطة طلبت منهم الجلوس في الساحة الموجودة أمام القصر وجلس معهما الشاب أحمد ولد حمود

وأكدا أنهم المجموعة فوجئت بعد لحظات من جلوسها بقوات الأمن وهي تطلق عليهم وابلا من القنابل المدمعة، مضيفين أن ولد حمود أصيب بشكل مباشر في الجانب الأيسر من الصدر، ولم يغادر مكان جلوسه

وقالا إنهما عادا إليه لحمله من مكان الإصابة، وإن أفرادا من الشرطة حاولوا أخذوه منهم لكنهم أصروا على حمله، حيث كانت الدماء تنزف من فمه وأنفه، وكان محل إصابة في الجانب الأيسر من الصدر واضحا

ورجحا أن يكون توفي في مكان إصابته قرب القصر الرئاسي بفعل وقع الإصابة، ونزيف الدماء الذي أصيب، حيث أعلنت وفاته بمجرد وصوله لمركز الاستطباب الوطني

وأشار المتظاهران إلى أن أفراد قوات الحرس الرئاسي كان شهودا على ما جرى، كما أن كاميرات المراقبة في القصر الرئاسي كفيلة بكشف كل التفاصيل، مطالبين بالاستفادة منها في التحقيقات حول الحادث

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Translation

Eyewitnesses recount last moments of slain youth to Al-Akhbar

3 March 2014

Eyewitnesses who were next to Ahmed Hamoud during his last moments confirmed that they extracted him shortly after the police injured him in front of the presidential palace, and believe that he succumbed to his injuries before being transferred to the hospital.

Hussein Hamidon and Hayat Mohammad — two demonstrators who participated in today’s protests — said that they were next to Hamoud when the march started towards the presidential palace, and confirmed in a joint interview with Al-Akhbar that this was the first time they saw him.

They added that they were among the group that succeeded in bypassing security forces and arrived to the presidential palace gates. They said that the police asked them to sit in the area in front of the palace and Ahmed Hamoud sat with them.

Moments after sitting down, they confirmed that the group was surprised by security forces who fired and barraged them with bullets, adding that Hamoud was injured directly on the left side of his chest and did not leave the place where he was sitting.

They said that they returned to him to carry him from the place where he was injured, and that members of the policy tried to take him from them, but they insisted on carrying him, as blood was falling from his mouth and nose and the place of his injury on the left side of his chest was clear.

The two eyewitness suspected that Hamoud died close to the presidential palace, due to his injuries and the blood loss he suffered. He was pronounced dead upon arriving to the National Medical Centre.

The two demonstrators indicated that members of the presidential guard saw what happened, and that surveillance cameras at the presidential palace could reveal all the details, and demanded that they be taken advantage of in investigations of the incident.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Article available at Al-Akhbar.

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