Governor: Six French killed in Niger

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2020

"They were intercepted and killed", he said, confirming that six French people and two Nigeriens died.

Niger, which is a former French colony, has been beset with violence as militant and terrorism groups have been increasingly operating in the area, reportedly spilling over from Burkina Faso and Mali.

Gunmen have attacked a group of aid workers in Niger, killing six French citizens, their local guide and driver, officials say.

The gunmen rode in on motorcycles and opened fire, the governor of Tillabéri region, Tidjani Ibrahim, told the French news agency AFP.

Niger Defense Minister Issoufou Katambé separately told news agency Reuters that six victims worked for an worldwide aid group.

"We are managing the situation, we will give more information later", the governor added, without saying who was behind the assault.

"Most of the victims were shot dead and a woman who managed to escape was caught and slaughtered. On the spot, we found a magazine emptied of its cartridges", noted this source.

The source told AFP the tourists were riding in a vehicle that belonged to the French humanitarian organization ACTED.

The French government has warned citizens against traveling outside of the capital of Niamey as militants linked to Boko Haram, Islamic State and al-Qaida still carry out attacks across the vast West African nation.

Around 20 years ago, a small herd of West African giraffes found a safe haven from poachers and predators in the Koure area.

Today they number in their hundreds and are a key tourist attraction, enjoying the protection of local people and conservation groups.

The Koure Giraffe Reserve southeast of Niamey is a popular destination in Niger, a nation of some 22 million individuals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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