Attempted coup in Niger ahead of presidential inauguration

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Elite troops in Niger thwarted an “attempted coup” early Wednesday, a security source said, just two days before the historic inauguration of Mohamed Bazoum as president of the chronically unstable Sahel nation.

Residents earlier reported hearing gunfire in the middle of the night near the presidency in the capital Niamey.

“There were some arrests among a few members of the army who are behind this attempted coup,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The Presidential Guard retaliated, preventing this group of soldiers from approaching the presidential palace,” the source said.

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