At least 10 killed in Niger twin bombings: Western source

PARIS (AFP) - At least 10 people were killed on Thursday in twin car bombings that hit a military base and a French-owned uranium processing plant in Niger, officials said.

“There were at least 10 dead” in the bombing at the military base in Agadez, a Western source told AFP, while a Nigerian defence ministry spokesman said that there were dead “on both sides”.

A nearly simultaneous bombing at the uranium plant owned by France’s nuclear giant Areva left the suicide bomber dead and wounded 13 local workers, according to the group.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said: "France extends its condolences to the families of the deceased."

"France condemns these attacks in the strongest terms," he added, adding that France had offered assistance to the authorities in Niger.

"France is following the situation, in close contact with authorities in Niger."