By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published: November 28, 2013
A member of an extremist group wanted in the fatal carjacking of an American official in Niger more than a decade ago has been arrested by French soldiers in northern Mali after he escaped from prison, prosecutors said Thursday.
The fugitive, Alhassane Ould Mohamed, sometimes known as Cheibani Ould Hama, was a low-ranking member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, terrorism experts said. Officials in neighboring Niger have said he was among 22 prisoners who escaped in June during an attack by gunmen on a prison there. In March, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the killing of four tourists from Saudi Arabia in 2009.
In September, federal prosecutors in the United States unsealed an indictment against him in connection with the murder of William Bultemeier, a Department of Defense attaché, in 2000.