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Date:28 Jan 2016
As Niger prepares for elections, it’s concerned about security. Should it be?

[By Lisa Mueller] On Jan. 15, terrorists linked with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) killed more than 30 people at a luxury hotel and upscale cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city. The attack came less than two months after gunmen massacred 22 people at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. (Groups associated with AQIM claimed to be behind the Bamako attack as well.)

Neighboring Niger already suffers terrorist attacks from another jihadist group – Boko Haram – on its southern border with Nigeria. Many hotel patrons — Westerners and locals alike — in Niger’s capital city, Niamey, worry they could be AQIM’s next target.

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Source: www.washingtonpost.com 

Lisa Mueller is an assistant professor of political science at Macalester College writing from Niamey, Niger, where she is conducting research on civic engagement, border policy and the February 2016 elections.


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