Niger People’s Movement for Justice denies contacts with Al Qaeda
El Khabar, 21 april 2008
Niger People’s Movement for Justice, MNJ, leading the Tuareg insurrection in Niger, has announced that there is no contact or cooperation linking it to Al Qaeda Branch in North Africa.
The movement said the information reported by some French news papers concerning a relationship between the aforementioned movement and Al Qaeda in North Africa, is wrong, adding that a fire fight has broken out between its fighters and the GSPC terrorists, as well as the fighters under the umbrella of Al Qaeda in North Africa, while standing up against the smugglers and drug traffickers.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, the Chairman of MNJ political wing in Europe, has announced that no contacts linking the movement with the terrorist organizations in the Sahara region, and the African Sahel, denying that the movement’s insurrection against the Niger’s Government is at the aim of controlling the paths traffickers take.
In this regard, this MNJ official has condemned a plot by France, in coordination with the Government of Niger, seeking involving its movement in terrorism acts, while France will be rewarded with a license enabling its companies exploiting the uranium mines.
According to the same speaker, the main reason pushing the Tuareg of Niger, to insurrection against the Government, is its failing in honouring the Algiers convention, which stated incorporating 4 thousand fighters in the public sector companies, as well as its default in constructing hospitals and schools.
By A.L / Translation Section