Niger border closed
A coup has taken place in Niger and the president has been captured after a gun battle in the capital, Niamey. In a televised announcement, a spokesman for the plotters said Niger's constitution had been suspended and all state institutions dissolved.
The junta imposed a curfew and closed the country's borders.
President Mamadou Tandja, in power for more than a decade in the uranium-rich nation, is believed to be in captivity at a military barracks.
Reports say government ministers are also being held.
Source: BBC News - Military coup ousts Niger president Mamadou Tandja