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Gunmen kill 6 French aid workers, 2 guides at giraffe park in Niger

The assault occurred in Koure, 45 miles southeast of the West African nation’s capital the place there is a giraffe reserve.

NIAMEY, Niger — Unidentified gunmen killed six French help employees and two Nigerien guides who have been visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from each international locations mentioned.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and assist for the victims’ households in an announcement.

Macron had a telephone name with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Sunday night and each heads of state burdened that “all means are and can be used to make clear the circumstances of the lethal assault,” the assertion mentioned.

Macron and Issoufou are decided to “proceed the combat in opposition to terrorist teams” in Africa’s Sahel area.

The assault came about in Koure, the place Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger’s inside minister, instructed The Related Press. The world is a protected nationwide park that comprises dense vegetation and tall timber about 70 kilometers (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.

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The French authorities has warned residents in opposition to touring 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 5,100 troopers to assist combat the rising insurgency there, and an area Sahel pressure made up of troopers from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania has additionally been preventing the extremists.

Macron will maintain a protection council on Tuesday specializing in the scenario in Niger.

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