Militants in Niger attack French-owned uranium mine

Posted on May 23, 2013 • Filed under: Africa, Expatriates Attacked reports that Islamist militants staged brazen twin car bomb attacks on an army base and a French-run uranium mine in Niger on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and taking several trainee army officers hostage in the impoverished west African nation, the government said. The unprecedented attacks were claimed by an Islamist group as revenge for Niger’s involvement in a French-led military offensive in neighbouring Mali, and come just four months after al-Qaeda-linked militants seized a desert gas plant in neighbouring Algeria, in a siege that left 38 hostages dead. Read article

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