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26 killed in 2 simultaneous car bombs in Niger

Twisted metal lay at the site of one of the car bombs, inside a military camp in Agadez, in northern Niger, Thursday,
Twisted metal lay at the site of one of the car bombs, inside a military camp in Agadez, in northern Niger, Thursday, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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NIAMEY, Niger — Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously on Thursday, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France.

A surviving attacker took a group of soldiers hostage, and authorities were attempting to negotiate their release.

The timing of the attacks, which occurred at the same moment more than 100 miles apart, and the fact that the bombers were able to penetrate both a well-guarded military installation and a sensitive, foreign-operated uranium mine, highlight the growing reach and sophistication of the Islamic extremists based in neighboring Mali. Both attacks were claimed by a spinoff of al-Qaida.

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