According to officials, six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and driver were killed by gunmen at a wildlife park on Sunday in Koure, Niger. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
The six workers have been identified to elong to an international aid group, ACTED that confirmed its staff members to have been targeted in the attack. In a statement, the Association of Koure Giraffe Reserve Guides described the attackers as a “unit of terrorists” and said the dead included its president, Kadri Abdou.
Fighters with links to al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group have exponentially mounted attacks across West Africa’s Sahel region in recent years despite the presence of multiple regional and foreign troops. The violence has hit Mali and Burkina Faso the hardest thus far.