Latest update: 14/10/2010
Niger : are Tuaregs involved in the kidnappings?
The kidnapping of seven foreigners working on uranium production in Niger has thrown the spotlight on the state's vast mineral wealth. It's one of the planet's poorest countries but has the world's second biggest reserves of uranium. The Tuareg tribes have been calling for a fairer share of resources, but deny that resentment has led the community to back the Al Qaeda militants who have claimed responsibility for the abductions.