Rebel movements in Niger threaten oil facilities near Libyan borders

(MENAFN) Rebel movements in Niger have threatened to target oil facilities near the Libyan border, specifically in the Agadem region, intensifying the country's security crisis following the military coup last July. Among the most prominent groups making these threats is the Liberation Front led by Mahmoud Salah. This armed front, established days after the coup against President Mohamed Bazoum, demands his release and has signaled its intention to target critical infrastructure.

In response to the escalating threats, the Agadem Regional Council convened a security meeting in the capital, Niamey. They called for increased vigilance and enhanced security measures to protect key facilities. Political analyst Abdul Sidou Nasser emphasized the seriousness of these threats, noting Mahmoud Salah's background. Salah hails from the Tabu tribe, which spans Libyan and Nigerian territories, indicating his capacity to mobilize and launch significant attacks.

Nasser highlighted the growing complexity of Niger's security situation, particularly in light of recent attacks by rebel and terrorist groups. He stressed the need for pre-emptive measures by the authorities. According to Nasser, these armed groups are motivated by the fear that their influence might wane, especially as Niger strengthens ties with Russia and employs Russian advisors and trainers. The groups aim to disrupt this rapprochement and demonstrate their capability to thwart any peace efforts in Niger.

Military expert Amr Diallo, specializing in African Sahel affairs, added that these threats could exacerbate the existing security chaos. He asserted that the current military junta must respond decisively to demonstrate its commitment to transitioning the country from chaos to stability and achieving the development desired by the Nigerian people.



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