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The army group accused France of landing a military plane in defiance of their orders to close the country’s borders.
“The French partner bypassed (the decision) on closing land and air borders in order to land an A401-type military aircraft at Niamey international airport this morning at 6:30 am,” Abdramane said in a statement, demanding “once and for all that measures be strictly upheld.”
Niger’s army supports coup group but president defiant
Niger’s army has officially backed a group of soldiers in their coup attempt, despite a defiant stance by the overthrown president, Mohamed Bazoum.
In a statement posted on Thursday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Niger’s army chief of staff Abdou Sidikou Issa said the decision to support the soldiers was necessary to “avoid a deadly confrontation between the various forces.”
The military in a statement signed by Issa said it had “decided to adhere to the… declaration” made by soldiers committing the coup.
A group of soldiers calling themselves the Defense and Security Forces (FDS), declared on Wednesday they had “decided to put an end to the regime.”
Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane spokesperson for the FDS said Niger’s Presidential Guard had detained Bazoum.
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