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Niger Expands Emergency Across Region Where Aid Workers Were Killed

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Niger’s government has extended a state of emergency to the entire region that surrounds the capital Niamey following the tragic killing of eight persons, including six French aid workers, their driver and guide on Sunday. The government has also suspended access to the giraffe reserve where the victims were shot dead by gunmen on motorbikes.

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The giraffe reserve where the attack took place – a popular destination for expatriates southeast of Niamey – has now been closed to visitors.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but a combined operation by Niger and French troops are working to arrest the perpetrators.

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The French humanitarian charity organization, acted, which employed the aid workers, said on Tuesday it had temporarily suspended its activities in Niger.

Niger’s national security council has announced, it was extending a state of emergency to all of the area, reaching more than 350 km south from the Malian border to the frontier with Benin.

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ISWAP, an affiliate of the Islamic State group, is active in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

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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.

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