Friday, May 24, 2013

Niger; jihadists attack uranium mine, kill 20 and take hostages

Welcome to jihad in Niger

As Islam spreads across Africa countries once considered immune from jihad we will see more of this.    It is true that more Muslims fall victim to their own religion, but as Islam crosses paths with non-Muslim cultures more and more non-Muslims will suffer and die.

From the Telegraph May 23

Islamist bombers kill 20 in Niger attacks, seize hostages

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.
The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), one of the Islamist groups which seized control of northern Mali last year before being driven out by French-led troops, claimed the near simultaneous bombings at the Agadez army base and the French majority-owned uranium mine in Arlit.
"Thanks to Allah, we have carried out two operations against the enemies of Islam in Niger," MUJAO spokesman Abu Walid Sahraoui told AFP.
"We attacked France and Niger for its cooperation with France in the war against sharia (Islamic law)."

But this has nothing to do with Islam or religion and to attach the two together would be Islamophobic.

(.)Some 30 minutes after the first blast at the base, a suicide bomber blew up an explosives-laden four-by-four at the Somair uranium mine and processing facility as employees reported for work at the site, which is majority-owned by France's Areva and is located some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Agadez.

"A man in military uniform driving a four-by-four packed with explosives mixed in with the Somair workers and blew up his vehicle in front of the power station at the uranium treatment facility," an employee told AFP.

"Company managers told us the suicide bomber was killed in the explosion," he added, saying the blast had caused damage but had not stopped work at the site.

Labo said almost all of the some 50 wounded there were security agents.

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