Published on Thursday May 23 2013 (AEST)
NIAMEY (AFP) - A uranium processing plant owned by French nuclear giant Areva and a military base in northern Niger were hit by twin car bombings Thursday, wounding multiple people, said the defence minister and an employee at the site.
The Somair uranium mine and processing plant is located some 250 kilometres (150 miles) to the north, at Arlit. "A man in military uniform driving a four-by-four packed with explosives mixed in with the Somair workers and blew up his vehicle in front of the power station at the uranium treatment facility," the employee told AFP. "Company managers told us the suicide bomber was killed in the explosion.
" The attacks are the first of their kind in Niger, an impoverished west African country that has sent troops into neighbouring Mali as part of a regional military operation against Islamist fighters who had taken over the north of the country.