Report: Terrorist attack on uranium plant — Damage forces closure of facility — Up to 50 people wounded

Published: May 23rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm ET


Title: Islamist bombers kill 20 in Niger attacks, seize hostages
Source: AFP
Date: May 23, 2013

[…] a suicide bomber blew up an explosives-laden four-by-four at the Somair uranium mine and processing facility […]

Areva said one person was killed  […] 14 others were wounded.

Labo said however that around 50 people were wounded at the mine, adding that almost all of the victims were security agents. […]

At the mine, an employee told AFP that “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.” […]

A source at Areva in Niamey added that “the damage had forced the closure” of the uranium plant. […]

Areva, the world’s second-largest uranium producer, condemned the blast as a “terrorist attack” […]

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Published: May 23rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm ET


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30 comments to Report: Terrorist attack on uranium plant — Damage forces closure of facility — Up to 50 people wounded

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I do not support the violence but I condemn Ariva's daily business practices as supporting the terrorist nuclear industry. One terrorist attacks another, still we all loose.

  • Dejael Dejael

    Where is this? I would appreciate it if would put a little header with the date, time, and location of each incident.
    Thank you.

    • ENENews

      See first 3 lines of post:

      Title: Islamist bombers kill 20 in Niger attacks, seize hostages
      Source: AFP
      Date: May 23, 2013

  • Exactly, one terrorist attacking another terrorist.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    I wonder how the locals feel about their uranium mine…

    • weeman

      I am sure they are glad off the work and money,
      I can imagine the working conditions at the site are to say the least dismal and health and safety will not be a priority, wounder what the life expectancy is, I don't suppose they care, they will be lined up outside working for a pittance.
      Corruption is the name of the game in Nigeria, lots of oil and minerals, should be a powerhouse in Africa.
      As for the post it is a yin and yan, good and bad, I am for passive resistance with a little showmanship.

  • combomelt combomelt

    Yes Nigeria is perhaps the most corrupt African country, thus the world was blessed with the 419 scam. And there are those who do not approve…


  • nedlifromvermont

    Niger is not Nigeria ….

    radiation doesn't care about boundaries or place names either …

    peace all!

    • ftlt

      BINGO!!!! Ned

      Watch the way thing are couched in the news…

      Much of it is so slanted, it can no longer be the truth or even close to it…

  • Lion76 Lion76

    The best way (in my opinion) to fight terrorism such as using our nuclear plants against us, is to support "more truly safe" forms of energy generation such as wind/solar. If everyone took it upon themselves to outfit their own house/neighborhoods with wind and solar systems we could effectively "eliminate" these threats much more cheaply and assuredly than just spending billions blindly on "security" and instead attacked the target sources at their root.

    It's time to free our own minds and embrace the future already. No more relying on "big industry" to provide our basic life needs. We see that they only care about keeping us "dependent" and charging us more and more for it. Being an individual example is great, but we need to also encourage everyone else to start thinking out side the box when it comes to "conventions" as this is no longer the 20th century and old ways of thinking are not going to carry us into any next level.

    The whole world has to accept change, and it has to start with local conversations and changing the culture of "dependence" and "learned helplessness" there IS something we can all do. It starts with a little self education, a little forward thinking and vision, and a little bit of emotional heavy lifting in trying to change the hard heads out there. Or, at least overpowering their dinosaur thinking with better "common sense" if you are reading this, you're likely on your way. Break on through to the other side.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      If you are on facebook, find all the renewable energy pages and like them, find green energy companies and like their pages. Support them and stay up to date on not where the technology is today, but also where it's likely going. Share those pages with your friends, make them at least "think" about why you support them. They might get confrontational, they might ignore it, but you will be supporting the solutions. Put out the energy of being a solution promoter.

      If you are on youtube, find positive news and like the page. Show your support. I see way too many good pages and videos not getting watched or liked. Then there are millions of hits for Bieber and funny cat videos. We have to show the "child minds" how to be something to be aspired to… to be adults who know how to solve problems rather than just throw around blame and despair. Be the change you want to see in the world. It's more than just an inspirational quote, it's a way to overcome the madness. Don't fall into cynicism and helplessness. Get empowered. Show your friends and family how serious you are about the change you want to see. BE THE CHANGE and start small. Everything starts with an idea, but it also takes action. We don't have to accept the negative labels that come with promoting truth and change. We can lead by good example. If nothing else, it is wonderful on our own states of mind and makes for good karma.

    • ftlt

      Terrorism needs to be redefined…

      In the 40 years over 20,000,000 people have died in resource wars or those wars caused by the instability that securing those resources has brought to the 3rd world exporting countries or to insure friendly regimes are kept in power…

      The process that brings these wars on are called neoliberalism, free trade, the global market place, the fight for freedom and democratization in our bought and paid for media propaganda machines… All these terms are laughable monikers for what should be called corpo-terrorism… The real numero uno terrorists in the world today…

      The nuclear industry is one of the worst corpo terrorist manifestations… It sits waiting to kill everything everywhere so the rich can get richer…


        spot on ftlt…

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          'Spot On' 'AS' will be when terrorists realize that 10 medium-twin aircraft can take out 10 of the u.s.a's 31 GE-designed, soft-target, elevated spent fuel pools, spreading broken, uncooled fuel rod fragments over thousands of acres, upwind from 10 major urban areas, causing 1000 times the deaths and injuries resulting from their 4 plane 9/11 attack, and demonstrating once and for all the negligence of u.s. executive administrations from Ford and Carter on, as well as that of their regulatory authorities, in failing to require below-ground fuel pools, and to undertake the reprocessing done safely and successfully by the nuclear-dependent French, the fallacy of Carter's "nuclear-proliferation" argument, in fact just a nuclear-industry-cost-saving measure, notwithstanding.

  • bumpercrop

    "I am sure they are glad off the work and money,
    I can imagine the working conditions at the site are to say the least dismal and health and safety will not be a priority, wonder what the life expectancy is, I don't suppose they care, they will be lined up outside working for a pittance."
    Effective contraception has been available since 1964. There truly are no more excuses for people to continue to breed prodigiously and carelessly into an overcrowded world that clearly only gives lip service to the value of children. Don't people realize the horror that children being born today will face? The fact that the great majority of humans remain asleep to the coming destruction of all of nature keeps me in a perpetual state of mystification. I find environmentalists pushing baby strollers to be the most absurd.

    • Jay

      Parents are rolling the dice with their children lives , that's why we have kids growing up and building nuclear plants or bombing them .

      Did you see any studies about the cancer rates in that African uranium city ? … yet as you said parents keep bringing children in without changing the system First ! Fatal error for any specie , see the ongoing results . Right , you Plan your society First , than have unprotected sex !

      … and than , insult to intelligence , parents tell their kids about allah/god and that he created all the people on Earth , including the infidels ! So , Mr. Suicide Bomber , How Dare you Judge allah's creations and How DARE you kill allah's creations ?? The virgins , as the shills tought you in the Korun prayers ?

      Do search ( not using 'Bing' ) the net for this white-hot essay : " Parents , the ultimate criminals ? … and their Consequence , religion " , there is enough material to shock you for a life time , and it's a wannabe-parents guide to their future chores , if they dare .

    • lam335 lam335

      re: "I find environmentalists pushing baby strollers to be the most absurd."

      Here's the problem: if all of the good/socially conscious people abstain from having children, while those who are neither good nor socially conscious don't abstain, then the percentage of the world's population that is born to and raised by people who are indifferent, oblivious, or corrupt will grow greater and greater, while the percentage of people who might have been raised to have the consciousness and character to care and fight for change will grow ever smaller until there are scarcely any left. To recommend such a policy is to advocate surrendering the world to its fate. It won't "save" the planet; it will only accelerate the rate at which environmental destruction advances by removing from the population those who might have at least slowed it through their resistance.

      The truly "absurd" thing is when self-proclaimed "environmentalists" advocate nuclear power. Those guys have drunk the NEI's Kool-aid, which is unfortunately laced with nasty radionuclides that will not only poison themselves and their families, but all the rest of us and future generations as well.

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      " I find environmentalists pushing baby strollers to be the most absurd.". Yes, me too. They should be carrying their baby! – Parenting for a peaceful world –

      Herein lies the root of the problem, and a clue to the solution.

      love, love, love….

  • Jebus Jebus

    What? What did you say? I can't…

    I said, "It's the safest job in the world!"

  • lam335 lam335

    I have seen scarcely any mention of this attack in the major media. Fox mentioned it in the "crawl" at the bottom of the screen, but I have not seen ANY actual mention of it by the newscasters (despite the fact that my parents, in whose house I am currently staying, have that channel on for pretty much all of their waking hours.) Have the other networks covered it better?

  • harengus_acidophilus


    By the way: no news on weekends
    looks lika a commercial agency.


  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I've been waiting for this to happen again.
    I bet the French are getting nervous now…the only reason why France'a army intervened in neighbouring Mali in January 2013 to "fight terrorism" was to prevent further attacks on their uranium mines in Niger.
    During the conflict, they had special forces protecting the mines. France gets more than 20% of their uranium supply from Niger to run their death machines.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Who knows how the story really went..
    There is a tremendous about of undocumented violence towards to workers..workers struggle under extremely poor working conditions around the world.

    Work resumes at Areva Somair uranium mine in Niger
    Aug. 12 2013

    Perhaps..Voluntary Principles aren't voluntary.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Unless of course..the terrorists are after a leach pad..

    SOMAIR Uranium Mine Heap Leach Pad