British Student Killed In France As He Tried To Cross A Motorway To Get To A Nightclub
In part this was because MUJAO and AQIM were bringing in reinforcements from Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria, and Sudan and threatened to reduce the area Ansar Dine controlled. Ansar Dine saw itself as the only Malian group in the Islamic radical government up north and was determined to defend Tuareg interests against the many foreigners in MUJAO (which also has Malian members) and especially AQIM (which wanted to run everything). Ansar Dine saw AQIM as a bunch of gangsters, dependent on its relationship with drug gangs (al Qaeda moves most of the drugs north to the Mediterranean coast) and kidnappers (who hold Europeans for multi-million dollar ransoms). All this cash gave AQIM a lot of power, both to buy weapons and hire locals. With the high unemployment in the north and the image of Islamic warriors, working for AQIM was an attractive prospect for many young men. Most of those new recruits deserted as their employers fled the advancing French. The Tuareg members of MUJAO and Ansar Dine could find locals in the north to shelter them while the foreigners (mainly from AQIM) had to flee because they were too easily spotted by Mali civilians and pointed out to the French, Malian, and other African troops who now occupy the north. As the French moved north they used the many followers (armed and unarmed) as the MNLA to help maintain order. There simply were not enough soldiers available and the MNLA men were there and had already been negotiating with the Mali government to make peace once the Islamic terrorists were gone. The Mali Army is still not strong enough to drive the MNLA out of the north. This is despite the fact that the north contains only about 12 percent of Mali’s 15 million people and is largely barren desert. The MNLA is popular because they were locals, relatively honest, and sufficiently well-armed to keep the thieving southern politicians and soldiers away, for a while anyway.
One of the victims, aged 23, died at the scene, while a second, aged 22, was ‘wounded in the legs’, according to a police source in the southern city of Montpellier. The pair – who have not yet been named – had been part of a group of six friends trying to make their way to a nightclub in the city, which is hugely popular with British students. They are believed to have been struck by a car. Fatal: A British student has been killed in France today and another badly injured as they tried to cross the busy A9 motorway (pictured) in Montpellier, France A driver was arrested shortly after the incident, which happened at about 1.25am. The students were last seen in the central reservation of the three-lane A9 motorway, which runs between Orange, near Avignon, and the Spanish border. Burglar who smashed policeman against lamppost by reversing with car door open in attempt to escape is jailed for 12 years ‘The fatal accident happened on the main motorway, which was briefly closed shortly afterwards,’ said a police source. ‘It is thought that the car hit the two students as they tried to get across one of the carriageways. Popular: Montpellier, the capital of France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region and the Herault department, is hugely popular with British students – many of whom are university undergraduates on the year abroad of their French degrees ‘The second victim was badly injured, but the leg injuries are not life threatening. The victim was taken to the university hospital in Montpellier.’ He added: ‘We are unable to release the names of the victims until their families in England have been informed.’ The driver of the car, who is in his 30s, was treated for shock at the same hospital. He has now been formally placed under criminal investigation. Night out: The pair had been part of a group of six friends trying to make their way to a nightclub in the French city (pictured) A spokesman for local prosecutors said the suspect – who has not yet been named – was being questioned on suspicion of ‘manslaughter and causing injuries’ in a police station in Montpellier. He said results of tests for alcohol and drugs were not yet known. Montpellier, the capital of France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region and the Herault department, is hugely popular with British students – many of whom are university undergraduates on the year abroad of their French degrees.