Unidentified gunmen kill 20 people in Burkina Faso; 6 French aid workers killed in Niger

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 10th, 2020 4:16 pm

Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 8:16 am

Unidentified gunmen killed as many as 20 people during an attack on a cattle market in Eastern Burkina Faso Friday.

"Unidentified armed individuals burst into a cattle market in Namoungou village in the region of Fada N'Gourma and attacked the population," Col. Saidou Sanou, the governor of the eastern region, said in a statement. "According to an initial toll, around 20 people have been killed and numerous others wounded."

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and officials in Burkina Faso have not yet blamed any group for the ambush. The incident is still under investigation.

Just two days later, on Sunday, gunmen reportedly attacked a group of aid workers in Niger, killing six French citizens, their local guide, and a driver, officials reported.

According to the governor of Tillabéri region, Tidjani Ibrahim, the gunmen arrived on motorcycles and opened fire in the Koure region, where tourists visit to see the last remaining giraffe herds in West Africa.

Among the eight people killed was Kadri Abdou, president of the Association of Giraffe Guides of Koure.

"We are deeply saddened and thinking of the victims and their families to whom we offer our most sincere condolences and especially to the family of Kadri, our friend. May he rest in peace," the association said in a statement.


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