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Niger president held by troops-military sources – What next for this nation?


Detained President Mamadou Tandja

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's President Mamadou Tandja was detained by mutinous troops on Thursday after a coup in the west African uranium exporter that left at least three soldiers dead, military sources said.

Three Nigerien military sources said the coup was led by a soldier named Major Adamou Harouna.



"The coup leader has succeeded. It is being led by Major Adamou Harouna," one source said. The president and the ministers are being detained not far from the presidential palace, the sources added.

Earlier in the day plumes of smoke were seen rising from the palace after soldiers attacked the building where Tandja was holding a meeting, sparking several hours of gunfire in the capital Niamey.

For more read http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE61H0U120100218

Read reelated story: http://www.france24.com/en/20100218-supreme-council-csrd-claims-suspend-constitution-niger-africa-tandja-coup-
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