Niamey: Unidentified gunmen killed six French residents and two Nigerien guides who have been visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, the West African nation’s inside ministry mentioned.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s workplace confirmed that some French residents have been killed throughout the assault however wouldn’t elaborate. Macron had a cellphone name with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Sunday night, his workplace mentioned.
The assault passed off in Koure, the place Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger’s inside minister, advised The Related Press.
The world is a protected nationwide park that accommodates dense vegetation and tall bushes about 70 kilometres (45 miles) southeast of the capital. A whole lot of individuals go to every year to see its distinctive giraffes.
The park is within the Tillaberi area, the place jihadists linked to Islamic State killed 4 U.S. troopers and 5 Nigeriens in 2017.
The French authorities has warned residents in opposition to travelling outdoors of the capital of Niamey as militants linked to Boko Haram, Islamic State and al-Qaida nonetheless perform assaults throughout the huge West African nation.
Niger borders a number of international locations together with Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria and Libya. Violence by teams linked to IS and al-Qaida is on the rise within the Sahel area.
France has deployed 1000’s of troopers to assist combat the rising insurgency there, and a neighborhood Sahel pressure made up of troopers from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania has additionally been preventing the extremists.
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