Zimbabwe military says it has seized power to target “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, who it said is “safe and sound” in custody with his wife.
The army said it was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets, after a night of unrest which included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.
The action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction”.
British nationals in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare are being advised to stay indoors amid reports of “unusual military activity”. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the guidance in the early hours of Wednesday morning following political tensions in the African country.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the military takeover, the national police has recalled all officers from leave.
All police on leave have been ordered to return to their posts immediately, a police official told The Associated Press. Read more