Niger troops attempt coup after seizing president in West African nation
Niger’s presidential guard seized President Mohamed Bazoum inside his official residence on Wednesday and prevented him from leaving, as part of an attempted coup in the West African country.
Niger’s presidency warned that the army was ready to attack the troops if they did not back down.
The presidency’s official Twitter account said that presidential guards engaged in an “anti-Republican demonstration” and tried “in vain” to obtain the support of the other security forces.
It added that Bazoum and his family were well after news agencies quoted security sources as saying that the guards were holding Bazoum inside the presidential palace.
The palace and ministries next to it had been blocked off by military vehicles on Wednesday morning. Staff inside the palace were also unable to access their offices, presidency, and security sources said.
But there was calm elsewhere in the capital Niamey.