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Belmoktar claims responsibility for Niger attack

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -

International terrorist Moktar Belmoktar, whose group led the January attack on the Ain Amenas gas plant in Algeria, has announced that his fighters took part in Thursday's attack on a French-operated uranium mine in Niger.

   According to the communique posted on a jihadist forum and provided to reporters by SITE Intelligence, Belmoktar claims that his brigade, called "Those Who Sign in Blood," helped the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa attack the Areva mine in the town of Arlit in northern Niger.

   One employee of the mine was killed, and 13 were wounded.

   Belmoktar also confirms that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb commander Abou Zeid is dead. France claimed that Abou Zeid was killed in February during a French-led military operation in northern Mali.

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