2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état attempt

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There is an ongoing coup d'état attempt in Zimbabwe.[1][2][3]



On Tuesday, armoured vehicles were spotted on roadways around Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. That evening soldiers took over the Harare offices of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the state broadcaster, manhandling some of its employees. Workers at ZBC were later told that they did not have to worry and that the troops were protecting the station.[4]

Early Wednesday morning, a military spokesperson issued a statement on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation saying that it was not a military takeover and that President Mugabe was safe. However the statement also said that the military was "targeting criminals" around Mugabe responsible for the country's socio-economic problems, and that after they achieved their aims, the situation would "return to normalcy." [4] Also early that morning, gunfire and artillery were heard in the northern suburbs of Harare, where many government officials, including the president have their residences.[4]