Coup attempt under way

... not here sadly :wink:

but in Niger (that's in Africa btw Gordon) :p

Niger President Mamadou Tandja and his cabinet are being held by soldiers after gun battles in the capital, a government source has told the BBC.

Gunfire broke out around the presidential palace at about 1300 (1200 GMT) and continued for 30 minutes, says the BBC's Idy Baraou in Niamey.

State radio is playing military music - a similar pattern to two coups in the 1990s.

Tensions have been growing in the uranium-rich nation since last year.

Mr Tandja was widely criticised when he changed the constitution in August to allow him to stand for a third term.

Long-term tensions

Our correspondent says tanks have been firing and witnesses report seeing injured people being taken to hospital.

An unnamed French official told AFP that a coup attempt was under way.


Coup de tar :lol: Is this a good thing or bad thing to happen?
I can not judge cos i do not know.
I encountered two Welsh guards goading a BIG cayman pissed whilst locking up the NAAFI once

"Poke it dai, poke it with a stick"


"have you seen how fast they can run then"

WG - shrug :lol:
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