Niger Arrests Seven People for Plotting State Coup, Police Official Says

Five military officers and two civilians have been arrested in Niger for planning to overthrow the government of President Mahamadou Issoufou, who has been in power since March, a police official said.

The coup was to take place on July 19 or July 20, during the celebration of Issoufou’s first 100 days in office, according to the official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

Issoufou’s election returned the West African nation to civilian rule after a February 2010 coup that ousted Mamadou Tandja. Justice Minister Marou Amadou didn’t answer calls made to his mobile phone today.

Agence France-Presse reported the arrests earlier.

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