Incident Summary:

06/22/2008: On Sunday, Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ) rebels kidnapped four French Nationals working for nuclear group Areva while they were jogging at gunpoint from the northern Nigerian town of Arlit, Agadez province. The rebels stated that they wanted "to pass on the message to the Nigerian government that it's impossible to do anything concerning prospection and exploitation of minerals in Nigeria before problems are resolved in the north of the country." MNJ rebels were in contact with the International Red Cross to negotiate a hostage release set for the following day on 06/23/2008 on Monday, however, the hostages were not released until 06/25/2008 on Wednesday.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Location Details:
The hostage taking attack took place in the northern Nigerian town of Arlit, Agadez province.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Areva
Specific Description Four French Nationals working for nuclear group Areva
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the firearm attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement of Niger People for Justice (MNJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Radio France Internationale, "Nigerien Rebels to Release Kidnapped French Nationals," World News Connection, Radio France Internationale, June 23, 2008.
Agence France Presse, "Rebels Abduct Four French Nationals in Niger," Lexis Nexis, Agence France Presse, June 22, 2008.