A militants on motorcycles killed six French nationals and their local guide and driver in a giraffe park in Niger, according to government officials
French President Macron’s office confirmed French nationals had been killed in Niger.
Macron spoke on phone with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. Asso Koure Giraffe Reserve Guides describing attackers as a “unit of terrorists”.The dead included its president, Kadri Abdou.
Gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital,
Macron and Issoufou are determined to “continue the fight against terrorist groups” in Africa’s Sahel region.
The attack took place in Koure, where Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger’s interior minister, told media. The area is a protected national park that contains dense vegetation and tall trees about 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the capital. Hundreds of people visit each year to see its distinctive giraffes.
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. Niger borders several countries including Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria and Libya