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Gunfire heard near Niger’s capital.

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On Wednesday morning, heavy gunfire erupted near Niger’s Presidency in Niamey. It lasted 30 minutes and started around 3am local time.

This attack comes two days before the inauguration of new president Mohamed Bazoum. The latter won the election last February but former President Mahamane Ousmane rejected the election results alleging fraud, despite Niger’s top court ruling that Bazoum’s victory was legitimate last week. The government has not yet commented on the attack.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in Africa, and has suffered a number of coups in the past, recently in February 2010.

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