US Embassy in Niger emergency message after the kidnapping of a US citizen resident in Tahoua: 'The US Embassy Niamey reminds US citizens that the threat of kidnapping and hostage taking continues to be very high. There are no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of any planned kidnappings. The US Embassy continues to take this threat seriously and advises US citizens to take appropriate security precautions and to avoid predictable travel patterns within Niger.'
Niamey (French pronunciation: [njaˈmɛ]) is the capital and largest city of the West African country Niger. Niamey lies on the Niger River, primarily situated on the east bank. It is an administrative, cultural and economic centre. Niamey's population, which was estimated at 774,235 in 2006, is now projected to be much higher.
The city is located in a pearl millet growing region, while manufacturing industries include bricks, ceramic goods, cement and weaving.