US cit­i­zens in Zimbabwe should ‘shel­ter in place’

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

The U.S. Em­bassy in Zimbabwe is en­cour­ag­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to “shel­ter in place” amid ris­ing po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and the ap­pear­ance of troops in the cap­i­tal.

An em­bassy state­ment cites “the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty through the night.” The em­bassy is closed to the pub­lic to­day.

At least three ex­plo­sions have been heard early Wed­nes­day in Harare, and armed sol­diers and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles have been seen in the streets.

Zimbabwe for the first time is see­ing an open rift be­tween the mil­i­tary and 93-year-old Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, who has ruled since 1980.

Ten­sions are high af­ter Zimbabwe’s army com­man­der threat­ened to have the mil­i­tary step in and calm po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and the rul­ing party ac­cused him of “trea­son­able con­duct.”

The Associated Press has seen armed sol­diers as­sault­ing passers-by. Sol­diers have been seen loading am­mu­ni­tion near a group of four mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

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