Unidentified attackers have killed seven people in an attack on French drilling company Foraco’s water well site in southeastern Niger, according to a security and company source.
An official at the well site in the village of Toumour did not know who was responsible for the attack but said the victims included six company employees and one civil servant.
“We lost six agents in our ranks,” the official told Reuters news agency. “The controller, a civil service agent, was kidnapped before having his throat slit not far from the site.”
Thousands of civilians have been killed in the violence.
Marseille-based Foraco is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and says it is the third largest global mineral driller with mining and water projects across 22 countries.