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Al Qaeda group led by Belmokhtar, MUJAO unite to form al-Murabitoon

Mauritania, Niger sign defence pact

Extremists exploit Sahel unrest

A heavily armed member of a MUJAO cell near the Nigerian border was arrested by Nigerien authorities in Madaoua. The French-run Somair uranium mine has fully resumed production after it was bombed in a MUJAO attack last month.

President Issoufou is trying to form a unity government that is willing to confront the rising threat of Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region. Nigerien forces recently assisted the Nigerian JTF in the arrest of a Boko Haram leader who had fled to Karanga.

US charges Belmokhtar with murder of Americans in Algerian gas plant attack

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgThe Justice Department charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al Qaeda's al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, with eight terrorism-related charges.

Drones in Niger Reflect New US Tack on Terrorism

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.