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Gunmen kill six French aid workers, their driver and guide in giraffe reserve

NIAMEY: Gunmen on motorcycles have killed six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger, officials said.

The group was attacked in a giraffe reserve just 65km from the West African country’s capital Niamey, the governor of Tillaberi region, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella said. “They were intercepted and killed,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office confirmed that French nationals had been killed in Niger. It said Macron spoke on the phone with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office confirmed that French nationals had been killed in Niger. It said Macron spoke on the phone with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.Credit:AP

The six worked for an international aid group, Niger’s Defence Minister Issoufou Katambé said. Officials had earlier described them as tourists.

Separately, a spokesman for French humanitarian aid group ACTED said its staff members were involved.

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