Gabon thwarts coup attempt; two plotters dead, army officers are arrested
LIBREVILLE, GABON—Gabon’s government thwarted an attempted military coup on Monday, retaining control of the oilrich 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 Guy-Betrand Mapangou said.
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.
A curfew was imposed over the capital, Libreville. 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.