Unknown gunmen on motorcycles killed Six tourists along with their local guide and driver in Africa . The incident took place in the area of Southwest Niger, home to the last herd of West African giraffes, the African country’s officials said.
“They killed eight people. Two Nigerians, including the guide and driver, and the other six are French. ” Governor of the Tillaberi region, Tijani Ibragh said.
“We are in control of the situation. We will provide additional information later,” the governor said, without specifying who was behind the attack.
A source close to environmental services said the attack occurred on Sunday at about 11.30 am (10.30 am Moscow time) six kilometers east of the town of Kure, which is an hour’s drive from the capital Niamey.
“Most of the victims were shot … At the scene, we found a gun that had no cartridges,” a source informed.
“We do not know the identity of the attackers, but they arrived on motorcycles through the bushes and waited for the tourists to arrive.”
The source added that the tourists’ car belonged to the French humanitarian organization ACT.
About 20 years ago, a small herd of West African or Nigerian giraffes, a subspecies with a lighter coloration, found a safe haven from poachers and predators in the Kure region.
Today they are a key tourist attraction in the former French colony, protected by local residents and conservation groups.
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