Heavy gunfire heard near Niger’s presidential palace

Heavy gunfire was heard area of presidential palace capital around 3:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Wednesday.

sound from gunshot lasted for about 30 minutes, according to residents.

shots were also heard early morning in area of Niamey International Airport, where military base was located.

The presidential guard has blocked all routes to the palace strategic points. (Xinhua/NAN)