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Thursday, May 23, 2013

ISLAM HITS NIGER- Twin Suicide bombings

Suicide Bombings in Niger Kill Dozens in Dual Strikes

DAKAR, Senegal — Two groups of suicide bombers rammed vehicles full of explosives into a military base and a French-owned uranium mine 150 miles away in the West African desert nation of Niger early Thursday, killing at least 26 people, including 21 soldiers and five bombers, Nigerien officials said. They said a sixth bomber appeared to be holding several Nigerien soldiers hostage inside the base.


They were the first terrorist attacks in Niger, a landlocked, impoverished nation of 17 million that has positioned itself in the front lines against jihadist penetration in West Africa. They were also the deadliest in the region since the French military, with the help of troops from Niger, pushed back an Islamist takeover in neighboring Mali this year. A regional offshoot of Al Qaeda, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or Mujao, claimed responsibility.

Besides sending soldiers to Mali, Niger allowed the United States to establish a drone base within its borders this year, and this week negotiated with Nigeria, with whom it shares a long border, on containing an Islamist uprising there.

The attacks on Thursday took place in the towns of Agadez and Arlit, which are separated by a vast stretch of desert. They were both timed to morning prayers, when both the military installation and the mine were off guard and vulnerable, officials said.

At Agadez, the attackers “took advantage of a changing of the guard, and the prayer, to force open the battalion gates,” said the justice minister, Marou Amadou. All were wearing explosive belts, he said. At the mine at Arlit, at least a dozen civilians were injured, possibly more.

“The toll is heavy,” Mr. Amadou said. “This is really a catastrophe; this is really a national tragedy for us. It’s what we’ve always said, that we are very exposed. It’s what we’ve always feared.”

Nigerien officials and other analysts said the attacks showed the continued ability of jihadist groups to cause harm in the Sahel region of West Africa, despite the French intervention in Mali. Hundreds of Islamists were killed in that conflict, and the remnants of several jihadist groups are thought to have fled to nearby states.

“They never came close to dealing a crushing blow to these guys,” said Rudy Atallah, a former Pentagon counterterrorism official. “They basically forced them to spread out.”

Thursday’s attackers may have come from southern Libya, according to the Nigerien state news agency, highlighting what a senior Nigerien official called the menacing lawlessness of that bordering region.

On Thursday Nigerien officials rejected the idea that the establishment of the American drone base might have made Niger especially vulnerable. President Obama announced in February that about 100 American soldiers had arrived in the country to set up the base outside its capital, Niamey. The drones were to be unarmed and intended for surveillance in a region pocketed with jihadist outposts.

Officials in Niamey said it was the country’s position against Islamic extremism that had drawn the attack.

“Niger is on the front lines and will continue to be on the front lines,” said Massaoudou Hassoumi, chief of staff to Niger’s president. “We remain their irreducible enemies,” he said of the jihadists.

Another senior official close to Niger’s president said the attacks revealed the threat from neighboring Libya. “The instability of Libya is costing the whole sub-region,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not have permission to speak publicly. “To find a solution, Libya must be stabilized. The international community must interest itself in this.