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from twitter feed only:

BBC Breaking News ?@BBCBreaking 4m

Bombs explode outside military camp and French-run uranium site in northern Niger, officials say


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22637084

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Niger bombs target Areva mine and military camp
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Two bombs have exploded at a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in two towns in northwestern Niger, officials say.

The bombers killed themselves and wounded a number of others in the attacks in the towns of Agadez and Arlit, Reuters reported.

French group Areva said 13 people at the uranium plant in Arlit were hurt.

Niger's government blamed Mujao, a jihadist group from neighbouring Mali, French radio said.
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Arise Africa ?@arafrika 3m

#News: Suicide bomb kills staff of French Nuclear Reactor Maker, Areva at its Somair Mine in Northern Arlit. #Niger #Africa #Mining #France
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ABC news, from the AP feed: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/simultaneous-car-bomb-attacks-niger-19239449#.UZ3bD8q3TTs

Simultaneous Car Bomb Attacks in Niger
 
By Dm-aos
NIAMEY, Niger May 23, 2013 (AP)

Attackers in Niger detonated two car bombs, one in the city of Agadez where a military barracks was targeted and one in Arlit where a French company operates a uranium mine, injuring more than a dozen people.

Paris-based Areva said in a statement that 13 employees were hurt in the attack in Arlit, in the northern part of Niger where armed Islamic extremists have carried out attacks.

Witnesses said the vehicle carrying the explosives in Agadez blew up in front of the military barracks.

"We heard a strong detonation that woke the whole neighborhood, it was so powerful," said Abdoulaye Harouna, a resident of Agadez. "The whole town is now surrounded by soldiers looking for the attackers."
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Via Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/us-niger-attacks-idUSBRE94M09N20130523

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Two suicide bombers strike in northern Niger towns

By Abdoulaye Massalatchi

NIAMEY | Thu May 23, 2013 4:29am EDT

(Reuters) - Two suicide bombers struck on Thursday at a military barracks and a plant run by French nuclear group Areva in northern Niger, military and company sources said.

The bombers killed themselves and wounded at least four people in the attacks in the towns of Agadez and Arlit, the sources said.

They were the first suicide attacks in Niger since a French-led offensive in January to oust Islamist rebels from neighboring northern Mali, in which the Nigerien army is participating as part of a West African force. Islamists in Mali have carried out a spate of suicide attacks in recent months.

"A suicide bomber in a four-wheel-drive vehicle broke through the entry barrier at Agadez military base on Thursday at around 5 a.m.," a military officer said. "Our soldiers opened fire on the bomber, who detonated his explosives. We have at least three wounded in our ranks."

An Areva employee, who asked not to be identified, said another bombing took place at around the same time in the northern mining town of Arlit at a factory owned by the Somair uranium mining company, operated by the French firm.

"He blew himself up and is the only person killed," the employee said. "There are some injured, included one seriously wounded person who has been taken to hospital."

A spokesman for Areva in Paris had no immediate comment.

(Additional reporting by Marion Douet in Paris; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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The BBC report linked in the first reply has been expanded.

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Thomas Fessy ?@bbcfessy 1h

#Niger Defense Minister tells me 17 soldiers killed in #Agadez suicide bomb attack, over 20 wounded incl civilians

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Thanks for keeping us posted on this EC.  A lot of jihad activity sourcing from Africa, sounds like the French have their hands full. 
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My pleasure, alice.


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"@BBCBreaking: Car bomb attack on army barracks in #Niger kills at least 17 soldiers, defence minister tells BBC" Will anyone care though?


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My pleasure, alice.


RobbieScarff ?@RobbieScarff 39s

"@BBCBreaking: Car bomb attack on army barracks in #Niger kills at least 17 soldiers, defence minister tells BBC" Will anyone care though?


I care.

Those of us who care have quite a task before us.  Prayers for those on the front lines. 
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Full story from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22637084

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Niger suicide bombers target Areva mine and barracks

Suicide bombers have struck a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in two towns in north-west Niger.

A bomb at a barracks in Agadez killed 19, including 18 soldiers. Four attackers died. A fifth held out but officials said he too was overpowered.

The attack on the Somair mine, in the town of Arlit, killed one person and injured 14, its operator Areva said.

Reports say militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was behind the attacks, but these cannot be verified.

The Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar quoted a spokesman for his group as saying: "It was Belmokhtar who himself supervised the operational plans of attacks."

The claims also appeared on a jihadist forum, AP news agency reported.

Earlier, the jihadist Mujao group had said it had carried out the two attacks.

Much more at link. I particularly recommend the Analysis side bar about half way down the article. Tom Fessy knows his stuff.
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