Coup Attempt in Niger as US Embassy Issues Security Alert
Gunfire lasted for half an hour on Wednesday morning, prompting fears of attempted coup just two days before swearing-in of new president.
31 Mar 2021
Heavy gunfire was heard near Niger’s presidency in the capital, Niamey, in the early hours of Wednesday, prompting fears of a coup attempt and further instability just two days before President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is due to be sworn into office.
Heavy gunfire started around 3am local time (02:00 GMT) and lasted for about 30 minutes, Reuters news agency reported.
Meanwhile , US Embassy in Niamey has issued a security alert.
“U.S. Embassy Niamey will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 due to gunshots heard near our neighborhood. Consular services are suspended until further notice. All personnel are encouraged to stay home until further notice.
“The security situation throughout Niger remains fluid in the post-election period with the possibility of unrest and/or intercommunal clashes around the country. There may be a corresponding increase in police presence and traffic delays on major roads. Please exercise caution.
“The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and provide additional information, as appropriate”