Brits living in Zimbabwe are being warned to stay indoors following reports of ‘unusual military activity in the country’s capital Harare.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the guidance in the early hours of this morning following political tensions in the African country.
President Robert Mugabe fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, with the 93-year-old leader having previously accused Mr Mnangagwa of plotting to oust him.
It has been reported the army commander has threatened to ‘step in’ to calm political tensions and the sight of tanks in Harare has led to suggestions of a rift between the military and president.
The president and his wife have since been taken into custody and the military is securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest.
The FCO guidance said: ‘Due to the uncertain political situation in Harare, including reports of unusual military activity, we recommend British nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer.’
The army took control of the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation but the military aimed to reassure the country that a ‘military takeover’ was not taking place.
A statement from the military said that President Mugabe was safe.
‘We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,’ the statement said.
Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, and military vehicles were seen in the streets.