Gunmen kill six French tourists, two Nigerians

Gunmen kill six French tourists, two Nigerians

Gunmen on motorcycles killed six French tourists and two Nigerians in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday; a senior official said.

The gunmen struck in a giraffe reserve in the West African country’s Kour√© area, the governor of Tillaberi, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, revealed.

The two Nigerians were working as the tourists’ guide and driver, 1stNews gathered.

The French foreign ministry said it was making checks into reports of the attack. There was no immediate comment from the government in Niger.

The French government warns people against travelling to large parts of Niger; where militant groups including Boko Haram as well as affiliates of Islamic State operate.

The Koure Giraffe Reserve southeast of the capital Niamey is a popular attraction in Niger, a huge country that borders seven countries in an unstable region including Libya, Mali, Chad as well as Nigeria.

Militants linked to Islamic State killed four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger in Oct. 2017, an attack that increased scrutiny of the U.S. counter-terrorism operations there.

France, a former colonial power in the region, also launched a coalition of West African and European allies in June to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region that includes Niger.

It has deployed thousands of troops in the arid region south of the Sahara desert since 2013.

But violence by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State has been on the rise.

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Kingsley Alaribe is a Digital Marketer with 1stNews, and writes the weekly column, Strangers and Lovers. He is also a Data Scientist. Email: [email protected]

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