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West Africa Speed Notes on Security

Recently in Burkina Faso, the government reported an attack on a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso by some unidentified gunmen during which about 20 people were killed. Similarly, about 25 people were also killed in an attack on another cattle market in the eastern village of Kompienga in May. These incessant killings raised ethnic and religious tensions in the country.
In the same vein, the murder of 8 people by armed men on motorcycles in the region of Kouré, East of Niamey, capital of Niger has been reported.

As revealed by Agence France-Presse, six were French nationals and confirmed staff members of ACTED a French humanitarian non-governmental organization; while two were Nigeriens, a driver and Khadri – a local guide and the president of the Kouré Giraffe Guides Association.

According to a humanitarian aid worker, they were not tourists but rather expatriates who had gone to explore the region for the day in a vehicle
of the organization, one of the few authorized trips outside the capital.