Men in military fatigues claim to have taken power in Niger hours after President Mohamed Bazoum was reportedly seized by members of the presidential guard on Wednesday, sparking international condemnation and renewed uncertainty in a volatile part of Africa beset by coups and militant extremism.

In a video, a man identified as Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane and flanked by several other soldiers, appearing to read from a text on the table before him announced, the military had decided to put an end to the previous government citing a deteriorating security situation in the country and poor economic and social governance.

He further added that National institutions have been suspended and the country’s land borders temporarily closed.

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