Niger: Attack On Seini Oumarou’s Home Kills Guard

Two men on a motorbike attack home of Seini Oumarou, president of Niger’s National Assembly

Niger: Attack On Seini Oumarou’s Home Kills Guard
Seini Oumarou leads the National Movement for the Development of Society, which was in power between 1999 and 2010

 

 

A machine-gun attack on the home of Seini Oumarou, president of Niger’s National Assembly, has killed one of his home guards and then also seriously wounded a second, authorities said. The attack, which happened overnight Friday to the Saturday, was carried out by two men and on a motorbike, Osseini Salatou, an adviser to

 

Seini Oumarou, told journalists on the Saturday. They then machine gunned the guards (posted in front of his home), killing one of them and seriously wounding the other, he added. Niger’s interior ministry confirmed the attack in a statement Saturday evening, adding that the two attackers had all tried unsuccessfully to drive off a

 

 

four wheel drive vehicle parked in front of the building before leaving the scene. Officials had also opened an investigation into the attack, they also added. Oumarou leads the National Movement for the Development of Society, which was in power between 1999 and 2010. Now 70, Oumarou placed third in the first round of the December 2020 presidential election, before throwing

 

 

his support behind eventual winner, Mohamed Bazoum. In the violence that erupted following Bazoum’s election win in February, protesters attacked Oumarou’s home, shooting dead one of his bodyguards. Niger lies on the edge of the Sahara desert, where security is a growing concern after attacks by ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda linked armed groups from the neighbouring Nigeria, Mali and Libya.