Joint mission to assess post-coup situation in Niger: UN

A joint mission from the United Nations, African Union and Economic Community of West African States will visit Niger on Sunday to assess the situation after a military coup, a senior UN official said.

Niger soldiers go on state TV to confirm coup

Renegade soldiers in armoured vehicles stormed Niger`s presidential palace with a hail of gunfire in broad daylight, kidnapping the country`s strongman President and then appearing on state television to declare they staged a successful coup.