Two suicide bombers strike in northern Niger towns

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Two suicide bombers strike in northern Niger towns

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Two suicide bombers have struck Northern Niger, injuring at least 16 people. A subsequent gunbattle with suspected Islamist militants has claimed the lives of up to 10 soldiers.

The original attacks occurred at an army base in Agadez and a plant run by French nuclear group Areva in Arlit.

Following the bombing at the military barracks other terrorists arrived in cars and clashed with soliders, according to Reuters’ sources. A Western diplomat said around 10 people had been killed.

A source at the Areva plant said no employees had been killed, but reported 13 people were wounded in the blast.

The French nuclear reactor condemned the bombings, calling them a “despicable attack” and said it was working with local and French forces.