Update: Niger Republic confirms19 dead from twin suicide attacks

No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The government of Niger Republic has confirmed that nineteen persons lost their lives in Agadez after a suicide attack at a military camp.

The country’s interior minister, Abdou Labo, who made the confirmation, also informed the BBC that eighteen of those killed in the blast were soldiers. He also said four of the attackers were shot.

Mr. Labo also said that about fifty people were injured severely after a similar attack was carried out in Artlit town, at a uranium mining company, Somair, owned by a French group, Areva.

According to Mr. Labo, two persons carried out the attack on Somair and both of them died on the spot. He also said though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, he suspects that insurgents with links to Alqaeda may be behind the dastardly act.
It is not yet clear if the attack has any links to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Niger and Nigeria share large borders around the troubled Borno and Yobe States currently under emergency rule.

Read our earlier post below:

Two explosions have occurred simultaneously at an Army Barracks and a company involved in uranium exploration in Agadez State of Niger Republic.

The governor of Agadez state, Colonel Garba Maccido, confirmed the incident, which he described as the work of suicide bombers to the Hausa service of the BBC.

Initial reports said only the suicide bomber lost his life at the attack on the Army Barracks, while, two others sustained injuries.
No casualty was recorded at the uranium exploration company, named ‘Somai’.

It is not clear if the attack has any links to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Niger and Nigeria share large borders around the troubled Borno and Yobe States currently under emergency rule.

There had been reports that some Boko Haram members were fleeing to Niger to escape from the onslaught by the Nigerian military.
The Agadez governor promised to provide more details later.


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