Gunfire heard near presidency in Niger capital: residents

Residents of Niger’s capital Niamey on Wednesday reported hearing gunfire overnight near the presidency, days before new president Mohamed Bazoum is due to take office. “It was around 3.00 am, we heard shots from heavy and light weapons and it lasted 15 minutes before stopping, followed by shots from light weapons,” one resident of Niamey’s Plateau district, which includes the president’s official residence and offices, told AFP. “The gunfire lasted about 20 minutes,” another resident said. A third resident spoke of “intense shooting, with heavy and light weapons”. Online newspaper actuniger.c…

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