Gabon thwarts coup at­tempt; two plot­ters dead, army of­fi­cers are ar­rested

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LIBREVILLE, GABON—Gabon’s gov­ern­ment thwarted an at­tempted mil­i­tary coup on Mon­day, re­tain­ing con­trol of the oil-rich West African na­tion af­ter two plot­ters were killed and other army of­fi­cers were ar­rested, the gov­ern­ment said.

Author­i­ties re­gained con­trol of state broad­cast­ing of­fices and a ma­jor thor­ough­fare in the cap­i­tal, Libreville, which were the only ar­eas taken over by the of­fi­cers, gov­ern­ment spokesper­son GuyBe­trand Ma­pan­gou told Ra­dio France In­ter­na­tional.

He said five army of­fi­cers who took over state ra­dio were ar­rested. Two other coup plot­ters were killed when se­cu­rity forces took over and freed some hostages, ac­cord­ing to a pres­i­den­tial state­ment re­ported by RFI.

A cur­few was im­posed over the cap­i­tal, Libreville, and was be­ing pa­trolled by tanks.

Ear­lier Mon­day a sol­dier who iden­ti­fied him­self as Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, com­man­der of the Repub­li­can Guard, said the mil­i­tary had seized con­trol of Gabon’s gov­ern­ment in or­der to “re­store democ­racy.”

Ill pres­i­dent out of coun­try since Oc­to­ber. More at thes­tar.com/world Gabon sol­diers on state ra­dio had called on the peo­ple to "rise up" and an­nounced a "na­tional restora­tion coun­cil" would be formed. The gov­ern­ment over­throw failed.

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