State of Emergency Declared

Aug 13, 2020

On 11 August 2020, authorities instituted a state of emergency for the Tillabéri region — which surrounds but does not include the capital, Niamey — and suspended access to the Kouré Giraffe Reserve, located approximately 60 km (35 mi) southeast of Niamey. The decision follows an attack by unknown assailants in which six French nationals and two local nationals were killed at the Kouré reserve on 9 August. The state of emergency allows authorities to impose curfews and also bans the use of motorcycles — a common mode of transport that was used during the 9 August attack. Niamey is not under the state of emergency. A previous state of emergency only encompassed regions of Tillabéri to the north and west of the capital.

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