Niger - Maradi and Zinder
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Niger's putschists named an army general as the new leader of the unstable jihadist-hit nation on Friday and warned against any foreign military intervention.

General Abdourahamane Tchiani, head of the Presidential Guard since 2011, appeared on state television saying he was the "president of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland."

The general presented the coup as a response to "the degradation of the security situation" linked to jihadist bloodshed.

A statement followed from the putschists on TV which warned of "the consequences that will flow from any foreign military intervention."

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