In Niger, in August 2020, seven humanitarian workers from NGO Acted, six Frenchmen and a Nigerian, as well as their driver, were massacred in Kouré, an animal sanctuary located 60 km from the capital Niamey. Niger and France. And in the French part, the civil parties were able to meet for the first time the investigating judge responsible for the investigation.
It was in Niger, 9 August 2020. Eight people,two Nigerians and six Frenchmen, were killed in one attack on a vehicle of the humanitarian organization Acted. The victims were on their way to a park where West Africa’s last giraffes live. The area had not been the subject of any safety warning and was not closed to visitors. The attack, carried out at high speed – the attackers arrived on motorcycles – and with great cruelty had claimed by the Sahelian branch of the Islamic State.
Two legal proceedings are open, in Niger and in France. And in the French part, the civil parties were able to meet for the first time the investigating judge responsible for the investigation. “It was a very big attempt on the part of the families,” Maître Claire Josserand-Schmidt, lawyer for two of the victims’ families, explained at the microphone David Baché by Africa’s editorial staff, as this is the first time this meeting has taken place. ”
Families “who were happy with this interview”, the lawyer continues. The magistrate is making progress, doing a really good job, in cooperation with the Nigerian authorities, and has provided a lot of information about the circumstances and the perspectives that the investigation offers. ”
It is a matter of identifying the authors of the attack, “the criminals, those who murdered the humanitarians on the Kouré reserve” but also “to investigate in the greatest possible way, so that all people are affected. People involved and who have helped, from close or far away ”, to the realization of this attack, the lawyer concludes.
A legal investigation was launched in August 2020 in France for “terrorist attacks in connection with a terrorist company.” It is the investigators of the police’s anti-terrorism pole at the prosecutor’s office who are leading the investigations.