- The military rulers in Niger have ordered its armed forces to go on the highest alert, citing an increased threat of attack
- An internal document issued by Niger's defence chief was confirmed as authentic by a security source in the country
- The document said the order to be on maximum alert would allow forces to respond adequately in case of any attack
Niamey, Niger Republic - The junta in Niger has ordered its armed forces to be on the highest alert, citing an increased threat of attack.
According to the Voice of America, this update was according to an internal document issued by its defence chief on Friday, August 25. A security source in the country reportedly confirmed that the document is authentic.
Niger junta raises armed forces alert
Per Reuters, the document said the order to be on maximum alert would allow forces to respond adequately in case of any attack and “avoid a general surprise”.
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It partly reads:
“Threats of aggression to the national territory are increasingly being felt."
The Niger junta's latest action comes amid contemplation of a use of force by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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