Fourteen mine employees were wounded when militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) during an attack on the French-owned Areva mine near the town of Arlit in Niger's Agadez region on 24 May, Reuters reported. Two militants were killed during the attack. Jamaat Tawhid wal Jihad fi Gharb Afriqa and Katibat al-Muqaoon bil-Dumaa claimed joint responsibility for the attack and a separate attack on a military base in the city of Agadez on the same day. The groups claimed that the attacks were in retaliation for French and Nigerien military involvement in Mali. Katibat al-Muqaoon bil-Dumaa claimed the attack was supervised by its leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar (alias Khaled Abou El Abbas or Laaouar).