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In an ex­tra­or­di­nary state­ment af­ter tak­ing over the state broad­caster and amid a night of un­rest, Zim­babwe’s army early Wed­nes­day sought to re­as­sure the coun­try that “this is not a mil­i­tary takeover” and that al­though Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe was safe and sound, the mil­i­tary was tar­get­ing “crim­i­nals around him” who have sent the na­tion spin­ning into eco­nomic de­spair. “As soon as we have ac­com­plished our mis­sion, we ex­pect that the sit­u­a­tion will re­turn to nor­malcy,” the army spokesman said. Overnight, at least three ex­plo­sions were heard in Zim­babwe’s cap­i­tal and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles were seen in the streets af­ter the army com­man­der had threat­ened to “step in” to calm po­lit­i­cal ten­sions over the 93-year-old Mu­gabe’s pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor.

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