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AREVA hostages freed after three years

by Greg Klein | October 29, 2013

AREVA hostages freed after three years in custody

AREVA operates two open pit mines in Niger, the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer.

Kidnappers have released four AREVA employees after holding them hostage for more than three years, the French government announced October 29. Al Qaeda-linked terrorists abducted the group in September 2010 from their residence in Arlit, Niger, where they worked at the uranium giant’s Somair mine. French President Francois Hollande credited their release to the president of Niger, Reuters stated.

The men, Daniel Larribe, Marc Féret, Thierry Dol and Pierre Legrand, were said to be in good health and en route to Niamey in southwestern Niger.

Somair resumed full production in August after a May 23 terrorist attack killed one employee and injured at least 14 others. AREVA’s two Niger mines produce 7.5% of global production, according to the World Nuclear Association.

The Niger operations are held 63.6% by AREVA and 36.4% by a state agency. The French government holds a majority stake in AREVA.

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