Niamey, 10 August 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Eight people were killed in western Niger on Sunday, among them six French aid workers on a tourist trip, along with a local driver and a tour guide, during an attack by heavily armed motorcyclists.
The attack took place in the western Tillaberi region, Governor Ibrahim Katiela said on Sunday. The French victims were employees of ACTED, a French aid organization, who had been on holiday in the region. The driver and guide were citizens of Niger.
Interior Minister Elkache Alada called the attack an act of terrorism but did not say who was suspected of being behind it.
According to the French news agency AFP, French President Emmanuel Macron telephoned his counterpart in Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.
The Sahel region – an area that stretches south of the Sahara from the Atlantic to the Red Sea – is considered very unsafe due to a number of terrorist groups active there.
Some of them have pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda terrorist network or Islamic State.
There have also been repeated deadly attacks in Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa.