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Heavy gunfire heard near presidency in Niger's capital

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Niamey
Mar 31, 2021 01:00 PM IST

The government of Niger was not immediately available to comment.

Heavy gunfire was heard near Niger's presidency in the early hours of Wednesday, two days ahead of the swearing-in of president-elect Mohamed Bazoum, a Reuters reporter said.

Shooting a gun in night (Pic for representation)
Shooting a gun in night (Pic for representation)

Heavy gunfire started around around 3 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) and lasted for around 30 minutes.

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The government of Niger was not immediately available to comment.

There have been growing attacks by Islamist militants, and political tensions in the country following the Bazoum's victory in a February presidential election runoff. Former president Mahamane Ousmane, who lost in the runoff, has rejected the results and said there was fraud.

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