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US News Mugabe 'safe' as army takes control in Zimbabwe

08:36  15 november  2017
08:36  15 november  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

Blasts Heard in Zimbabwe Capital as Army Denies Takeover

  Blasts Heard in Zimbabwe Capital as Army Denies Takeover Explosions were heard in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, early Wednesday after soldiers and several armored vehicles were seen in the city amid a deepening split between the military and the government of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. News24 reported armed forces commander Constantine Chiwenga saying that the military had not taken over and that Mugabe and his family were safe. He added that armed forces were targeting the “criminals around them,” and said the situation will return to normal soon, Johannesburg-based News24 said on Twitter.“I was woken up at about 1.10 a.m.

Mugabe ' safe ' as army takes control in Zimbabwe Gunfire and explosions are heard as the head of Zimbabwe 's defence forces denies "a military takeover of the

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Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare The army say Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is "safe" after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster.

Loud explosions were heard in Harare in the early hours of Wednesday after military vehicles rolled into the capital, prompting speculation of a coup.

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The blasts and gunfire came hours after a military chief warned the army could "step in" amid a political crisis sparked by 93-year-old Mr Mugabe firing his vice president - and likely successor - Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier this month.

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General Constantino Chiwenga, commmander of Zimbabwe's defence forces, had demanded an end to a purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party - which appeared to be paving the way for Mr Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace to succeed him.

In a statement read on state TV, a member of the armed forces told the Zimbabwean people: "Comrade Mugabe and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.

"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."

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General Chiwenga - who Mr Mugabe had accused of treason for his intervention - spoke on national radio. He said: "To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government.

More military vehicles seen on the outskirts of Harare More military vehicles seen on the outskirts of Harare "What the defence forces are doing is to pacify a degenerating political social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict."

He said all military leave had been cancelled - ordering members of the armed forces to return to their barracks.

He appealed to war veterans and tribal leaders for support and issued a veiled threat to the country's security services, telling them: "We urge you to cooperate for the good of our country - let it be clear that we intend to address the human security threats in our country therefore any provocation will be met with an appropriate response."

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The Zimbabwean army has said president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been taken into custody after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster. The blasts and gunfire came hours after a military chief warned the army could "step in" amid a political.

The military has taken control in Zimbabwe but said President Robert Mugabe , in power since 1980, was safe . After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe .

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are aware of reports of military vehicles moving on the outskirts of Harare. We are monitoring the situation closely and keeping travel advice under regular review.

"We advise any British national in Zimbabwe who may be concerned to monitor our travel advice for changes."

Part of what has been described as a convoy of vehicles near Harare Part of what has been described as a convoy of vehicles near Harare The US State Department urged its citizens to shelter in place during the crisis. Mr Mnangagwa, 75, a veteran of the liberation wars, fled to South Africa after he was ousted on 6 November - with President Mugabe accusing him of plotting against the government.

Mr Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.

On Tuesday, Reuters, AFP and AP witnesses said they saw several military vehicles, thought to be armoured personnel carriers, heading along roads towards the capital. Reuters said another two military vehicles had been seen parked beside the road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 miles from the capital and Sky News has obtained pictures said to show caterpillar-track armed vehicles between Norton and Harare.

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The Zimbabwean army has said president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been taken into custody after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster.

The Zimbabwean army has said president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been taken into custody after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster.

It was not immediately clear why the vehicles were on the move, with analysts saying the vehicles may have been on routine manoeuvres.

Soldiers were seen at the scene, but they refused to talk to journalists. On Monday, General Chiwenga said: "We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.

"The current purging ... targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith," he said.

Mrs Mugabe, 52, has a strong following in the powerful youth wing of ZANU-PF. Her rise has been seen as a challenge to the dominance of the independence-era war veterans, who previously held privileged positions in the ruling party under Mr Mugabe.

The veterans, some of who took part in the civil war in the former British colony, have increasingly been prevented from holding senior government and party roles in recent years.

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