n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Uranium mining facilities in Niger face evolving threat - : West Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 10
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Niger's economy is heavily dependent on mining exports and royalties, roughly 40% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Nigerien-produced uranium accounts for nearly 8% of world production. It is this lucrative uranium sector that also faces the greatest security threat from non-state actors seeking to disrupt production or to target international personnel to achieve political or financial goals. In one notable incident, seven employees of the French nuclear energy company Areva were kidnapped from their homes in the town of Arlit by Islamist militants.

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