Incident Summary:

08/09/2020: Assailants opened fire on tourists at Koure Giraffe Centre in Koure, Tillaberi, Niger. At least six tourists, identified as French humanitarian aid workers, a driver, and a guide were killed in the attack. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Specific Description Aid Workers
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included the driver and guide of the aid workers
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eight dead, among them six French aid workers, in Niger attack," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 9, 2020.
"French Aid Workers Killed By Unknown Gunmen In Fresh Niger Attack,", August 10, 2020.
"Niger Attack Demonstrates Islamic State in West Africa’s Growing Reach," Council On Foreign Relations, August 25, 2020.