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Gunmen Kill Eight In Niger, Including Six French Aid Workers

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Islamic State Claims Niger Killings Of French Aid Workers

Niger’s defence minister Issoufou Katambé says six international aid group workers have been attacked and killed on Sunday at a giraffe reserve, 65 km from the country’s capital Niamey. The victims of the attack were French nationals, a Nigerien guide and their driver.

Officials said, gunmen on motorcycles killed them in a wildlife park, a popular attraction in the southeast of the capital.  The Association of Koure Giraffe reserve guides issued a statement describing the attackers as a “unit of terrorists.” No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assault.

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French president Emmanuel Macron has condemned the killing he called, “a cowardly” attack. France and other countries have warned people against travelling to parts of Niger where militants, including Boko Haram and an affiliate of Islamic state, operate.

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Jihadists have become increasingly active in Niger moving across the borders from Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

In June, ten aid workers were kidnapped.

France, had launched a coalition of West African and European allies in June to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region including Niger. Thousands of troops have been deployed in the arid region south of the Sahara since 2013. But militant violence has been on the rise.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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