2 suicide bombers strike in Niger towns
23 May 2013, 14:01
Niamey - 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 neighbouring
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
"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
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
"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 spokesperson for Areva in Paris had no immediate comment.