Failed coup in Niger

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A group of soldiers has been arrested in Niamey, the capital of Niger, after a fifteen-minute shooting at dawn this Wednesday as a result of an attempted coup two days before the scheduled inaguration of President-elect Mohamed Bazoum.

Witnesses to the shooting have shared on social media several videos allegedly taken near the scene. Rebel soldiers were unable to approach the presidential palace due to response of the Presidential Guard, a source in security forces told AFP, adding that the situation was “under control.”

Previously, the Constitutional Court confirmed the results of the second round of the presidential elections, which Bazoum won with 55.66% of the votes.