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September 16th, 2010

Niger French workers abducted in Niger

ARLIT, NIGER – Seven people working for French nuclear firm Areva have been kidnapped in northern Niger.

  • At least two of the abducted people are French nationals working for Areva; the other five worked for a subcontractor.
  • Al Qaeda’s North African wing suspected; French aid worker Michel Germaneau was executed in July after being held by militants for three months.
  • French and Niger governments mobilize to recover abductees; military rescue operation possible.

Analysts available for comment:

MARC ANTOINE PEROUSE DE MONTCLOS is a specialist on armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris. He has lived in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, and is the author of Le Nigeria (1994), Violence et sécurité urbaines (1997), L’aide humanitaire, aide à la guerre? (2001), Villes et violences en Afrique subsaharienne (2002), Diaspora et terrorisme (2003), Guerres d’aujourd’hui (2007) and Etats faibles et sécurité privée en Afrique noire (2008). See full bio…
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

SABINE MACHENHEIMER is Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst for IHS Jane’s. She writes and edits for Jane’s Sentinel, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jane’s Intelligence Weekly and Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report. She is available to give analysis and interviews on all dimensions of politics and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. See full bio…
Location: London, UK
Languages: English

SARJOH BAH is a Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of African Security Institutions, at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. He is a leading authority on security cooperation in Africa with a particular focus on the African Union. See full bio…
Location: New York, USA
Languages: English

FABIENNE HARA is Vice-President of International Crisis Group, and former Acting Chief of the Political Affairs Division for the UN Mission in Sudan. She has over fifteen years of experience in African conflict management and resolution issues. See full bio…
Location: New York, USA
Languages: English, French

MICHAEL WATTS is a professor of geography and development studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a leading scholar of Nigerian politics and society, and was a 2003 Guggenheim Fellow for his research on the oil politics of the country.
Location: Berkeley, California, USA

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