Gunmen kill 8, alongside 6 French aid workers in Niger

Gunmen have killed six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger.

The group was attacked on Sunday in a giraffe reserve near Koure, a town about 65km (40 miles) from the capital, Niamey. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Niger's defense minister, Isofu Katambe, said the six French nationals killed were members of an NGO called ACTED.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office earlier confirmed French nationals had been killed in Niger, without providing any additional details. It said Macron spoke on the phone with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The attackers came on a motorcycle and hid in the bushes. They were attacked as soon as the French group arrived, the AFP news agency reported.