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F24 | France denies violating Niger's airspace, 9 Aug

• 6:39pm: 'Fast-moving' official denials
"The junta in Niger has today put out a statement accusing France of several things: of having a plan to destabilise Niger, of breaching its airspace by flying in a military plane from Chad and of releasing and supporting terrorists in the country as well as attacking a guard post," F24 reporter said.

yahoo! AFP | Niger coup leaders take aim at France on eve of key summit
France firmly denies the new unfounded accusations by the putschists in Niger," said a joint statement by the French defence and foreign ministries. They also rejected the claim that France, which has around 1,500 soldiers stationed in Niger to aid anti-insurgency efforts, had released any jihadist prisoners. It added that the flight had been approved and coordinated with Nigerian armed forces, "an authorisation confirmed in writing".

Thursday's summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) takes place under the chairmanship of Nigeria, the regional superpower and advocate of a hard line against the coup.

Citing a source close to the French government,  Norris-Trent said Paris had "firmly denied" the allegations, saying "they had flown a plane in but that was in agreement with the Nigerien army and categorically denied having released any terrorists." (VIDEO)
sputnik  | Niger Military Raise Threat Level, Blame France for Attack on National Guard
"The National Council for the Safeguard of the Fatherland informs the local and international community about the events of extreme seriousness that are taking place in Niger, about the facts of the behavior of the French forces on our territory ...Today, August 9, 2023 at 6.30 am [5:30 am GMT], the positions of the Niger National Guard... were attacked ...The actions of the French forces were condemned for unilaterally releasing detained terrorists," Amadou Adramane, the Nigerien military's spokesman, said. "On August 9, a military aircraft of French troops took off from N'Djamena [Chad]... This aircraft deliberately stopped all contact with air control after entering our airspace".
• 3:01pm: Bazoum family experiences ECOWAS sanctions
his family are running out of food and experiencing other shocking conditions, a statement issued by Bazoum's political party stated Wednesday. No electricity and running water for a week, and only has dried and canned foods left to eat. An advisor told the Associated Press, Bazoum remains in good health.

• 12:18pm: Nepo central
Idrissa Kané is general manager of Niger's Post Office and involved in a case of alleged misappropriation of public funds being handled by the Niger's anti-corruption body, Halcia.

It is unclear whether he was taken into custody due to this case or to his mother, Ambassador Aïchatou Boulama Kané, defiant attitude towards Niger's new military leaders. She has remained in her post despite a declaration from the coup leaders on Thursday that it was "terminating" employment of Bazoum's ambassadors to France, the United States, Nigeria, and Togo.

by Cat on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 11:04:52 PM EST

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