‘Coup’ in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s army said it detained longtime President Robert Mugabe and seized control of state broadcasters in an apparent coup.
Military vehicles rolled into the streets of the capital, Harare, late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
“We are only targeting criminals around [Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” the army announced on state-run media.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the 93-year-old Mugabe, president since 1987, was on Wednesday morning, but the army said he and his wife were safe.
Chris Mutsvangwa, head of a war veterans group, issued a statement, praising Army Gen. Constantino Chiwenga for carrying out “a bloodless correction of gross abuse of power.”
Mutsvangwa said the army will return Zimbabwe to a “genuine democracy.”
Washington and London urged US and UK citizens to stay indoors for the time being.