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Seoul raises travel alert for Niger due to political unrest

All Headlines 22:43 February 19, 2010

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday raised a travel alert for Niger due to political unrest following a recent military coup and the detention of its President Mamadou Tandja, officials said.

The Foreign Ministry said it has imposed a "travel restriction" status for the West African country and will soon raise its alert levels for other areas involving Niger, which has seen a spate of kidnappings in its lawless northern deserts.

"We have learned that 18 Korean citizens, including missionaries, that are now in Niger are safe," a ministry official said. "The government has set the policy based on consultations with the embassy there."

Niger's military rulers closed the country's land and air borders and declared a night-time curfew after deposing President Tandja in a coup, according to media reports.

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