6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park in Niger

Eight people, including employees of a French aid group, were killed Sunday by gunmen riding motorcycles in an area of Niger that is home to the last West African giraffes, officials said.

“There are eight dead: two Nigerians including a guide and a driver, while the other six are French,” the governor of the Tillaberi region told said.
The French presidency confirmed that its nationals were among the dead, without giving a figure.

The French aid group ACTED said several of its workers were among those killed during a tourist outing.

“Among the eight people killed in Niger, several were Acted employees,” said the NGO’s lawyer Joseph Breham.

It is believed to be the first such attack on Westerners in the area, a popular tourist attraction in the former French colony thanks to its unique population of West African or Niger giraffes.