The new military leadership in Niger, under the auspices of the Conseil National de la Sauvegarde pour la Patrie (CNSP), also known as the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland, has announced through a press release that the alert level of the Nigerien armed forces has been raised.

Amadou Abdramane, the spokesperson for the Niger’s National Council, claimed on Wednesday in a statement that France, in cooperation with “terrorists,” carried out an attack against a National Guard base and violated the country’s airspace.

Following these actions, Niger’s military decided to raise the threat level, Abdramane explained. Niger condemned France’s “unilateral” decision to release “16 jihadists,” accusing Paris of wanting to “destabilize” the country.

It was previously revealed that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had threatened to use force should the military fail to release President Mohamed Bazoum, which the French and the U.S. officials supported.

This decision comes after the leadership said the French government sponsored a terrorist attack on Niger’s guard post. There is however no information about any air attack on the territory of Niger.

The CNSP is accusing France of releasing terrorists in the region. Mali and Burkina Faso, strong allies of Niger, have also made similar accusations in their speeches.

The Nigerien military leadership also accuses the French army of having sent an A400M from Chad to Niger, cutting off all communications as it entered the country’s airspace, violating Niger’s no-fly airspace closure order.

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