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Cablegate: Niger: Security Update

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PP RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHNM #0313 0731218
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 131218Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4189
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RUZEHAA/CDR USEUCOM INTEL VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000313

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MOPS PGOV ASEC NG
SUBJECT: NIGER: SECURITY UPDATE

1. (SBU) The French Embassy informed us that a convoy of
trucks traveling between Agadez and Arlit was attacked the
morning of March 12. One person in the convoy was killed.
The French Embassy also reported that a Canadian mining camp
near Ingall was attacked March 7.

2. (SBU) The Canadian Embassy confirmed the attack on a
facility operated by the Canadian company Global Uranium.
The attackers took two of the three vehicles at the facility.

3. (SBU) Nigerien police contacts report that as of the
evening of March 12, approximately 40 vehicles they believe
belong to the Mouvement des Nigeriens pour la Justice were 5
to 10 kilometers from the town of Arlit. They also report
that the French Ambassador is currently visiting the Areva
uranium facility in Arlit.
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