The West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso have mobilized against a possible the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military intervention against Niger. Mali and Burkina Faso deployed fighter jets to respond to any attack on Niger, turning the commitments they made in a joint declaration into concrete action, Niger's state television RTN reported.
"Mali and Burkina Faso have turned the commitments made in their joint declaration into concrete action by deploying fighter jets to respond to any attack on Niger,” it said.
In the news footage, it was noted that the planes in question were "Super Tucano" type fighter jets.
At a meeting of the chiefs of the ECOWAS countries held Friday in Accra, the capital of Ghana, it was announced that the date of military intervention in Niger had been set.
ECOWAS declared that the troops were ready to intervene as soon as the order came, but did not specify the date on which this possible operation would start.
Burkina Faso and Mali, where military governments are in charge, had previously issued a joint statement declaring their support for Niger against the military operation planned by ECOWAS to change the course of the coup in Niger.
The declaration warned that any military intervention against Niger would amount to waging war against Burkina Faso and Mali.
In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.
On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.
Source: Anadolu Agency