Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

Seven poll workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, an election official said, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power. The West African country regularly suffers attacks by Islamist militants and had stepped up security to protect the poll, in… Read More Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

Dozens dead as suspected Islamist militants attack villages in Niger

One hundred people were killed on Saturday in attacks on two villages in western Niger, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said following one of deadliest days in recent memory for a country ravaged by Islamist violence. Rafini announced the death toll in remarks broadcast on national television on Sunday from a visit to the zone, near… Read More Dozens dead as suspected Islamist militants attack villages in Niger

Eight dead as gunmen attack aid workers in Niger

Gunmen on motorcycles killed six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday, officials said. The group was attacked in a giraffe reserve just 65 km (40 miles) from the West African country’s capital Niamey, the governor of Tillaberi region, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, said. “They were… Read More Eight dead as gunmen attack aid workers in Niger