Niger – Terrorist attack against a refugee camp (October 6, 2016)

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France condemns the attack carried out on October 6 by a terrorist group in Niger against a camp for Malian refugees in Tazalit, in the region of Tassara, in which 22 members of Niger’s security and defense forces, who were protecting civilians, were killed.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and to the Nigerien authorities. It expresses its solidarity with them and pays tribute to their commitment to building peace in Mali and accepting refugees.

This terrorist attack underscores the importance of developing a cross-border response between the states in the region in order to address the challenges posed by terrorism. France pays tribute to the efforts made so far by the countries concerned and reaffirms its commitment to supporting them through Operation Barkhane.