French anti-terrorism police on Monday introduced a probe into the killing of six French nationals in an assault in Niger the previous moment.
The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) stated the search for”assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and”terrorist unlawful institution” will be performed by the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), the nation’s intelligence bureau.
Eight people were killed by gunmen on Sunday at a Niger giraffe park at the Kouré region, south-west of their capital city of Niamey.
Six of these were aid workers for the Paris-based ACTED and Geneva-based IMPACT Initiatives NGOs. The other victims were their motorists a tour guide, both Niger nationals.
Both NGOs stated in a joint announcement their seven colleagues had been”senselessly and cowardly murdered”.
“ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives condemn in the strongest terms the senseless and barbaric killing of our colleagues and their manual. At this dreadful moment, our thoughts are with their families and nearest and dearest in the home and at Niger. All our groups throughout the world combine in their despair.”
“This heinous crime shouldn’t go unpunished, nor will it divert us from our commitment to support the people of Niger,” they added.
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian sent his condolences to the victims’ relatives on Monday and stated that”those responsible for this heinous assault might need to respond to their activities”.
“France is determined to make certain that the critical to safeguarding humanitarian and health staff is admired,” he went on.
Both states’ leaders,” France’s Emmanuel Macron and Niger’s Issoufou Mahamadou, also have condemned the assault and discussed the problem at a telephone call on Sunday.
Macron explained that for both nations”the decision to fight terrorist armed classes remains unchanged.”
“The battle continues,” he added on Twitter.
There are now 5,100 French soldiers located across the Sahel area as part of Operation Barkhane, established in 2014.
They must help five African countries — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger — within their struggle against armed groups such as the Islamic State at the Greater Sahara.