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Zimbabwe news: Robert Mugabe detained as military takes over Harare but supporters deny coup

Zimbabwe‘s military says it has seized power to target “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, who it said is “safe and sound” in custody with his wife. 

The army said it was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets, after a night of unrest which included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

The action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction”.

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In the wake of the military takeover, the national police has recalled all officers from leave.
All police on leave have been ordered to return to their posts immediately, a police official told The Associated Press.

Military takes power in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

The military says it has seized power of the capital and has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody. 
It said it is securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest. 

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“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television.

“We are only targeting criminals around [Mr Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

Neither Mr Mugabe nor his wife Grace, who has been vying to succeed her husband as president, have been seen or heard from.

At least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, overnight, and military vehicles were seen in the streets.

The US Embassy closed to the public on Wednesday and encouraged citizens to shelter in place, citing “the ongoing political uncertainty through the night.”

The British Embassy issued a similar warning, citing “reports of unusual military activity.” 


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