Niger military JUNTA lifts curfew
Niger's new military rulers have lifted a curfew and reopened the country's borders, a day
after they overthrew the government and detained the president.
Ten people are said to have died when the junta seized power in gun battles - a move
which has been widely condemned.
The African Union has suspended Niger from the regional organisation and demanded
free elections are held.
A junta spokesman, Col Goukoye Abdul Karimou, earlier told the BBC President
Mamadou Tandja was "safe and well".
"We are taking care of him - remember he is one of our elder soldiers," he told the BBC's
Focus on Africa.
The colonel said most of the cabinet ministers captured along with the president had been
released and had gone home.
The three still being held would be free in a couple of days, he added.
It is believed they are being held at a military barracks in Niamey.
The day after the takeover, people in the capital were going about their business as
normal - attending mosques and going shopping.
There was no obvious military presence on the streets, although heavy artillery was
deployed around the presidential palace.
Announcing the lifting of a curfew and the reopening of borders on Friday, Col Abdul
Karimou told journalists the situation was now "under control".