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  • ‘Inside help’ behind deadly Niger terror attack

    05/27/2013 11:59:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies
    France24 ^ | 27/05/2013 | Staff
    Days after a deadly suicide attack at a French-run uranium mine in Niger, a FRANCE 24 team that was given access to the high security site found evidence that the assailants had meticulously studied their target and likely received inside help. The explosives-packed car that rammed a grinding unit at a uranium mine in Arlit, a remote town in northern Niger, last week is in tatters. The shell of the car’s transmission system stands upright in the rubble, while the twisted frame was flung about ten meters away. Days after suicide bombers attacked a uranium mine in this West African...
  • Evidence of Niger uranium trade 'years before war' (What Wilson couldn't learn sipping tea)

    06/28/2004 1:11:46 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 10 replies · 3,159+ views
    When thieves stole a steel watch and two bottles of perfume from Niger's embassy on Via Antonio Baiamonti in Rome at the end of December 2000, they left behind many questions about their intentions. The identity of the thieves has not been established. But one theory is that they planned to steal headed notepaper and official stamps that would allow the forging of documents for the illicit sale of uranium from Niger's vast mines. The break-in is one of the murkier elements surrounding the claim - made by the US and UK governments in the lead-up to the Iraq war...
  • Niger's low security for uranium, radioactive materials under scrutiny

    09/21/2003 9:26:50 PM PDT · by piasa · 13 replies · 2,473+ views
    AP via The Canadian Press, Canada.com ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003 | BRUCE STANLEY
    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - Two or three times each week, a convoy of flatbed trucks loaded with drums of mined uranium heads south from the Sahara Desert in Niger on a 10-day journey to the port of Cotonou in neighbouring Benin. Two lightly armed Nigerien gendarmes accompany the tarp-covered trucks on their 1,995-kilometre trip. They have no satellite phones or other ways to communicate in case of trouble. On their prearranged stops for the night the drivers must notify the mining companies, but they take no special precautions to secure the drums against theft. This low-grade security for the powder...