Niger makes several arrests after foiled coup attempt

– – Several people have been arrested in Niger while others are on the run after a foiled coup attempt on Wednesday morning. Government officials said a military unit tried to seize the presidential palace in the capital Niamey overnight. Assailants from a nearby air base, according to the government fled after the presidential guard met their attack with heavy shelling and gunfire. The move was an attempted coup just two days before a newly elected president  Mohamed Bazoum is inaugurated. Government spokesman Abdourahamane Zakaria told reporters that “The government condemns this…

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