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Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Approach in Terror Fight




The Signed in Blood Brigade, led by al Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar, issued a statement claiming a June 1 jailbreak in Niamey. Several terrorists, including Cheibane Ould Hama of Mali, were said to be among at least 22 prisoners freed. Some 6,240 Nigerian refugees now in Niger who fled Boko Haram have been promised by Nigerian officials that they will soon be able to return to Borno state.




Niger's Bad Dream Approaches As Islamists Set Sights On Niamey




Al-Qaeda swaps Mali for Libya




US offers rewards for Boko Haram, African al Qaeda leaders

The $7 million reward for Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram's emir, puts him in the top echelon of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million are also offered for Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Yahya Abu Hammam.


'Inside help' behind deadly Niger terror attack




Gunmen attacked the central prison in Niamey, killing at least two guards and entering the facility, in an apparent attempt to free Boko Haram inmates. At least 10 people were injured in the attack, and police are said to be looking for attackers who escaped in a truck and into nearby houses. The government disputed the claim that gunmen had infiltrated from outside and said the attackers had been captured and that the situation was under control.




Nigerian Islamist militants return from Mali with weapons, skills




Sahel ulema launch prison campaign




President Issoufou said that the jihadists who launched simultaneous suicide bombings on a military base and a uranium mine in Niger on May 23 were also planning attacks in neighboring Chad. The Niger attacks have been claimed by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and by Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Those Who Sign in Blood brigade.




French special forces and Nigerian troops killed the last two members of the Mokhtar Belmokhtar group's suicide assault team that attacked a military barracks in Agadez. Two cadets were also killed during the raid. In all, 10 Islamist fighters, 24 Nigerien troops, and a civilian were killed in the suicide assaults in Agadez and at a uranium mine in Arlit. President Issoufou said the attackers had come from southern Libya.




Mokhtar Belmokhtar said that his Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade carried out yesterday's suicide attacks in Niger along with the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. Belmokhtar also promised more attacks in Niger if the government does not withdraw its military from Mali.




Belmokhtar's unit participated in Niger suicide attacks

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgMokhtar Belmokhtar is alive, and announced that his al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, carried out the suicide assaults in Niger in conjunction with MUJAO.


The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed credit for a pair of suicide attacks. In one attack, five members of a suicide assault team assaulted a barracks in Agadez, killing 18 soldiers and a civilian. In another attack, a suicide bomber attacked workers at a uranium mine in Arlit.




MUJAO suicide bombers hit uranium mine, barracks in Niger

The al Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa said the suicide attacks were intended to punish Niger for "cooperation with France in the war against Sharia" in Mali.


Global impact to Sahel terror




Jihadists launch 3 suicide attacks in Mali




Malian Coup Leader Sanogo: 'I Saved the Country'




Drone base in Niger gives US a strategic foothold in West Africa




Insight: Islamist inroads in Mali may undo French war on al Qaeda


 
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