US citizens in Zimbabwe should ‘shelter in place’
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.