Terror suspect escapes West African courthouse

April 2, 2008 10:21:01 AM PDT
Witnesses and officials say a man accused of killing four French tourists has escaped from a West African courthouse. Sidi Ould Sidna was being interrogated at the main courthouse in Mauritania's capital Wednesday when he asked his guards for permission to go to the bathroom.

A witness says the guards allowed him to go in by himself, but did not guard the doorway. When he re-emerged and did not see the guards, Sidna ran for the door, losing himself in the crowd outside.

The four French tourists - including two children - were gunned down on a roadside in December.

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