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Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by fergie0o1: 3:01pm On Mar 31

Security sources say the presidential guard fought off the assailants
An attempted coup has been thwarted in Niger following heavy gunfire overnight close to the presidential palace, security sources say.

A group of soldiers behind the assault has been arrested, AFP reports.

The attack comes two days before President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is due to be sworn in.

It will be the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in Niger since the country became independent in 1960.

There has been increasing attacks by jihadist groups as well as political tensions in the country following Mr Bazoum's victory in February, the BBC's Lalla Sy reports.

His rival, Mahamane Ousmane, has rejected the result and his supporters were earlier banned from holding a protest on Wednesday in the capital, Niamey.

Former US Sahel envoy J Peter Pham tweeted that both the President-lect and outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou were safe .

Reports tonight of gunfire and rumors of mutiny in #Niamey, just a week after terrorists killed 100+ & just days before ��#Niger is to have its first-ever handover from one elected president to another. Alhamdulillah, @IssoufouMhm & @mohamedbazoum are safe & the incident is over.

The gunfire started around 03:00 local time (02:00 GMT), with people in the capital saying it lasted between 15 and 30 minutes.

"We heard shots from heavy and light weapons and it lasted 15 minutes before stopping, followed by shots from light weapons," a resident told the AFP news agency.

Mohamed Bazoum's historic inauguration takes place on Friday
A security source told Reuters that it was a unit from a nearby air base that had tried to seize the presidential palace in Niamey.

The assailants were pushed back amid shelling and gunfire by the presidential guard, security sources told both AFP and Reuters.

President Issoufou is stepping down after two five-year terms. His successor, Mr Bazoum, is a former interior minister from the governing party.

But Mr Ousmane, who was elected president 1993 and was overthrown in a military coup three years later, alleged February's poll was rigged and some violent protests followed.

The US embassy issued a statement following the unrest overnight .
Location: Niger

Event: U.S. Embassy Niamey will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 due to gunshots heard near our neighborhood. Consular services are suspended until further notice. All personnel are encouraged to stay home until further notice.

The security situation throughout Niger remains fluid in the post-election period with the possibility of unrest and/or intercommunal clashes around the country. There may be a corresponding increase in police presence and traffic delays on major roads. Please exercise caution.

The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and provide additional information, as appropriate.
The armed forces in the coup-prone West African are poorly equipped and trained, and number about 25,000 in a country twice the size of the US state of Texas, AFP reports.

Niger is the world's poorest nation, according to the UN's development rankings for 189 countries.


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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by joycedap: 3:04pm On Mar 31
i hope our Darling buhari does not have a hand in this

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by DoubleBliss(f): 3:13pm On Mar 31
joycedap:
i hope our Darling buhari does not have a hand in this

Lol.

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by LeeSantos(m): 3:19pm On Mar 31
and one country want'd to extend railway to that country.
They should come and investigate the Nigeria government.

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by slawormiir: 3:32pm On Mar 31
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by heckymaicon(m): 3:32pm On Mar 31
Nigeria needs coup too

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by BruncleZuma: 3:32pm On Mar 31
Buhari is working.

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by straighttalk(m): 3:32pm On Mar 31
What about Nigeria? Who will come and Rescue us? Particularly Now that Medical Trip is the Celebrated News. .....

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by prodige001: 3:32pm On Mar 31
I read somewhere that people from Niger can be called





Nigeriens grin

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Nairalandian(m): 3:34pm On Mar 31
A security source told Reuters that it was a unit from a nearby air base that had tried to seize the presidential palace in Niamey.

The assailants were pushed back amid shelling and gunfire by the presidential guard, security sources told both AFP and Reuters.


Africa my Africa.
Soldiers will always be loyal to them
They'll always protect them at all cost, even when they're also suffering

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by soberdrunk(m): 3:34pm On Mar 31
........even Coup they cannot execute properly.... angry

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by emmanuel596(m): 3:35pm On Mar 31
Soon there will be a coup on Buhari that's if he comes back alive from this his uk trip

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by free2ryhme: 3:35pm On Mar 31
fergie0o1:

Security sources say the presidential guard fought off the assailants


Mohamed Bazoum's historic inauguration takes place on Friday



SOURCE
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Yankee101: 3:35pm On Mar 31
Lol.

Buhari installation is shaking

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by francisisking: 3:36pm On Mar 31
Africans only loved being in power but are useless when they rule... backward continent

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by englishmart(m): 3:36pm On Mar 31
The rich easily get to power ahead of the educated, morally sound ones. We celebrate them and confer honorary doctorates on wealthy Semi-literates. Someone who invested much to get power must recoup everything in hundreds of folds.

Coup in africa has come to stay as some people want to remain in power till death.
Don't argue with me, argue with Paul Biya or Museveni

#bantilosha

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Sirdan247(m): 3:36pm On Mar 31
Really?
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Deathforall: 3:37pm On Mar 31
grin
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by hilltop007: 3:37pm On Mar 31
Stupiiiid f**cking Africans
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Bustincole(m): 3:37pm On Mar 31
Coup or crook
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by seunlayi(m): 3:38pm On Mar 31
Coup is the desire of a country down here. People are tired of government built lórí Irọ́


won pa irọ titi, irọ tan ni ile irọ. Wọn fi irọ àti ẹtan gba ijọba, wọn nfi irọ se ijoba, wọn a pari ijoba wọn lori irọ. Infact, irọ po ni ọrọ won

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by TheCalculator: 3:38pm On Mar 31
shocked
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by Lanre4uonly(m): 3:38pm On Mar 31
This is serious.
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by smallsmall: 3:38pm On Mar 31
Buhari is going to cut-short his U.K treatment, if he hears this news!
His family are already killing themselves in their Coup-prone country grin grin
I guess he learnt how to do Coup, from Niger Republic.`

#WhoIsYourDaddy

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Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by pickatyou1: 3:39pm On Mar 31
Buhari go first reach him home country before coming back be that.
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by erai30(m): 3:41pm On Mar 31
Terrorism everywhere, even in the world poorest country grin
Re: Niger Republic 'Coup Attempt Foiled' Ahead Of Inauguration by tit(f): 3:41pm On Mar 31
Fulani ti takeover

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