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US News Niger. Six French people, including several humanitarian workers from the NGO Acted, killed by armed men

03:25  10 august  2020
03:25  10 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Six French aid workers with the nongovernmental organization ACTED and their local guide and driver were killed Sunday by gunmen riding Officials had earlier described them as tourists. "Among the eight people killed in Niger , several are ACTED employees," said Joseph Breham, an NGO

Gunmen on motorcycles killed six French aid workers , a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday, officials said. France’s TF1 television channel broadcast images that it said were taken from the scene showing the burnt-out remains of a 4x4 vehicle with bullet holes in the side.

Six touristes français ont été tués dans la zone de Kouré au Niger ce dimanche 9 août. © Ouest-France Infographie Six French tourists were killed in the Kouré area in Niger on Sunday, August 9.

This Sunday, August 9, we learned of the death of eight people, including six French, in Niger. They were reportedly killed by armed men. The French army provided support to Nigerien forces on Sunday, the headquarters in Paris announced.

Eight people, including several humanitarian workers from the NGO Acted and Nigeriens, were killed on Sunday by armed men who came on motorcycles in the Kouré area in Niger where there is a reserve sheltering the last giraffes of Africa from West.

La voiture où circulaient les victimes de l’attaque, au sud du Niger © AFP PHOTO The car where the victims of the attack were driving, in southern Niger

There are eight dead: two Nigeriens including a guide (tourist) and a driver, the other six are French, told the 'AFP the governor of Tillabéri, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella. The Elysée confirms the death of French victims, without however giving the number. French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke by telephone with his Nigerien counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, the Élysée added.

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At least six French tourists and their local guide have been shot dead by gunmen in southwestern Niger , which is home to the last West African giraffes. There was no immediate comment from the Nigerien government. French authorities regularly warn citizens against travelling to most parts of

The unidentified armed men were riding motorcycles and waited for the arrival of the tourists to the area, a source told AFP. We found a magazine emptied of its cartridges at the scene,” the source explained, adding that the tourists' vehicle belonged to the French aid organization ACTED .

Kouré est situé à l’est de Niamey dans une zone déconseillée « sauf raison impérative » précise le Quai d’Orsay. © Visactu Kouré is located east of Niamey in an area that is not recommended "unless there is an imperative", specifies the Quai d´Orsay. Several humanitarian workers from an NGO

The Nigerien Ministry of Defense specifies that the six French people killed were humanitarian workers belonging to the NGO Acted. "Among the eight people killed in Niger, several are Acted employees" , indicates for his part Joseph Breham, lawyer of the NGO, who does not specify exactly how many Acted employees there are among the victims.

The French army provided support to Nigerien forces on Sunday, the headquarters in Paris said. The Barkhane force provided support at the request of the Nigerien authorities

"We are managing the situation, we will give more information after" , said the governor of the region, who did not give details. on the circumstances of the attack, nor on the identity of the attackers.

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The attack took place around 11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. GMT) 6 km east of the town of Kouré which is an hour's drive from Niamey on the national road number 1, explained to the 'AFP, for its part, a source close to the environmental services.

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 identity of the attackers is unknown, but they came on motorcycles through the bush and waited for the arrival of tourists. " The vehicle borrowed by the victims belongs to the NGO Acted.

A very violent attack

According to photos that Ouest-France could see, the attack was extremely violent. Among the victims, who appear young, are three women and three men. Their first names sound French, but not all of them. The NGO Acted has been present in Niger since 2010, in the regions of Tillabéry, Diffa and Maradi.

Six French people killed by armed men in Niger

 Six French people killed by armed men in Niger

In addition another 36 people , including 15 security force members have been killed since the start of March.[93]. March 3, 2007 - A bomb hits a convoy of Russian pipeline workers between the towns of Medea and Ain Defla, killing 4 Russians and 7 Algerians.[118].

Humanitarian aid workers belonging to United Nations organisations , PVOs / NGOs or the Red Cross However, attacks on humanitarian workers have occasionally occurred, and became more frequent Non -combatants include citizens and nationals of countries that are not party to the conflict.

"The virus remains public enemy number 1," says WHO. @ACTED_Niger continues to mobilize against the spread of the # Covid19 pandemic through the distribution of soaps and the promotion of good hygiene practices to 4,500+ people. pic.twitter.com/UwB0LvpROc

- ACTED Niger (@ACTED_Niger) July 15, 2020

Its teams are developing access to water and sanitation for displaced Nigeriens fleeing the jihadist threat. Nearly one million beneficiaries have benefited from shelter kits. Lately, the Organization was issuing masks and soaps to fight the spread of Covid-19 . We tried to reach the director general of the humanitarian organization Frédéric de Saint-Sernin, the former president of Stade Rennais Without a response.

An unstable region

The Tillabéri region is a vast unstable area. It is located in the area of ​​three borders between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, which has become a den of Sahelian jihadists, including the Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS). Motorcycle circulation has been banned day and night since January in an attempt to prevent the movement of jihadists.

On the France Diplomatie site, the Orsay quay classifies the attack zone in orange, describing it as not recommended unless there is a compelling reason.

On January 8, 2011, two young French people, Antoine De Léocour and Vincent Delory , kidnapped the day before in the center of Niamey, were killed in Malian territory during a Franco-Nigerian military intervention intended to rescue them.

According to expert reports of the bodies revealed in February 2012, Vincent Delory was burned to death in the fire of the vehicle carrying him, while Antoine de Léocour was executed by his captors.

On November 24, 2011, two French people were kidnapped from their hotel in Hombori (north). In early December, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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