Zimbabwe army denies country takeover, 'targeting criminals' not president
2017-11-15 14:12:00

Zimbabwe's military has denied a military takeover of the government amid coup doubt following Wednesday's gunfire and explosion reports, sayingit has taken action to "target criminals," not the president.

"It is not a military takeover of government," said an army official at a live TV address. "We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president... and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed."

"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes... As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

Gunfire and explosions

Before the TV address, gunfire was reported near Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's private residence in the capital city of Harare on Wednesday.

"From the direction of his house, we heard about 30 or 40 shots fired over three or four minutes soon after 2:00 am," AFP quoted witnesses as saying.

On the same day, at least three explosions have been reported across Harare.

There were also reports that armored vehicles had been deployed to the streets of Harare and had seized the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), prompting speculation of a coup.

Source:CGTN Editor:Hiram

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