Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

The Mauritanian government on Wednesday cut off the internet on mobile phones, a day after demonstrations linked to the death of a young man in police custody.

All internet connections on mobile phones were down, but landlines continued to work and economic activity continued, the AFP news agency reported

Demonstrations took place in the capital Nouakchott, and in Boghé in the south of the country, to demand “justice for Omar Diop”.

Mr Diop was arrested on Monday evening in Nouakchott after taking part in a fight, according to the police.

He died a few hours later in hospital with respiratory problems.

An autopsy and inquest are under way to determine the circumstances of the death, the interior ministry said.

By Joy

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