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Heavy gunfire heard around Niger’s presidential palace

Heavy gunfire heard around Niger’s presidential palace

Heavy gunfire was heard in the area around the Niger presidential palace, which houses the presidential offices and residence, in Niamey Wednesday morning, BBC has reported.

It has been reported that gunfire was heard around 03:00 local time (02:00 GMT), and it lasted at least 15 minutes, followed by small arms fire, local residents said.

“The situation remains confused and the city is on high alert. The shooting took place less than 48 hours ahead of the inauguration of newly elected president, Mohamed Bazoum. The government of Niger has not yet reacted to these events,” according to BBC report.

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