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Heavy gunfire reported near presidential compound in Niger’s capital

Heavy gunfire reported near presidential compound in Niger’s capital

Heavy gunfire was heard near Niger’s presidency in the early hours of Wednesday. 

Just two days ahead of the swearing-in of president-elect Mohamed Bazoum, the social pressure in the country is getting harder. On early Wednesday, heavy gunfire started around 3 a.m. local time and lasted for around half an hour, CGTN has learned.

The government of Niger hasn’t commented yet on the incident yet. Over a few weeks, there have been growing attacks by Islamist militants, and political tensions in the country following Bazoum’s victory in a presidential election runoff last month.

The ex-president Mahamane Ousmane who lost in the runoff has rejected the results and said there was a fraud.