Heavy gunfire heard near Niger’s presidency

– – Niger’s capital Niamey is on high alert after residents said they heard heavy gunfire on Wednesday morning near the presidency. A resident was quoted by AFP as saying that “It was around 3am, we have heard shots from heavy and light weapons and it lasted 15 minutes before stopping, followed by shots from light weapons.” Another resident of Niamey’s Plateau district said “the gunfire lasted about 20 minutes” but calm returned to the district though hours later. This incident is happening just two days ahead of the swearing-in…

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