Iyobosa Uwugiaren
All Africa
February 19, 2010

Nigerien troops stormed the presidential complex amid deadly gun battles in Niamey yesterday and seized President Mamadou Tandja and his cabinet in a coup d’etat.

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International news agencies reported that “gunfire and loud explosions reverberated across the city as soldiers assaulted the palace where Tandja, the country’s strongman for the past decade, presided over a cabinet meeting.”

Diplomatic source said that Tandja’s own presidential guard took part in the coup.

“It happened after a cabinet meeting. It would appear that President Tandja is currently in the hands of the rebels and that the members of the government are themselves held,” the diplomat said.


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