Rescue and recovery efforts are still ongoing following the Feb. 18 crash of a U.S. Navy MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter in a remote area of West Virginia, with the majority of the personnel safely extracted from the crash site.
There are injuries reported to the 17 crew and passengers aboard, but none of the injuries are life threatening.
There are no fatalities. The names of the injured are not being released at this time.
The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 26 from Naval Station Norfolk.
U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program selected the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) as the location for a 30-day field test of newly developed civil information management procedures Jan. 15-Feb. 15.
The Joint Test (JT) began at Camp Navarro in Zamboanga, Philippines.
Witnesses reported heavy gunfire started about midday local time.
State radio played traditional music, and made no mention of the coup attempt. Soldiers and armored vehicles were seen near the palace and nearby streets were deserted.
Official sources in the capital Niamey tell VOA's Hausa Service that people have been taken to the hospital.
Government ministers were scheduled to gather at the palace for a meeting about that time.
The alleged arms dealer to the world, Viktor Bout, could face another extradition hearing in Thailand after new charges were filed against him in New York. The possibility comes after a Thai court ruled it could not extradite Bout to face charges in the United States of supporting terrorism.
Thailand's attorney general's office on Thursday said it could file another extradition case against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.