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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.
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.
France is sending special forces to protect the Areva uranium mining sites at Imouraren and Arlit. France derives about 20 percent of the raw material for its nuclear reactors from Niger. Some French forces are said to have arrived in the past week.