Zimbabwe’s military has taken power in the southern African country, detaining top officials in what is believe to be a coup.
The military said 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe, the world’s oldest leader, was in custody and he was “safe and sound”, alongside is family.
Denying that it was a coup, the military said it was targeting “criminals” around long-ruling President Robert Mugabe.
The army had on Monday warned it could ” step in” and would not tolerate purges in the ruling ZANU-PF that had seen Mr. Mugabe’s deputy fired.
The party responded on Tuesday by accusing army chief Constantino Chinwenga of “treasonable conduct” and vowing not to succumb to military threats.
There were sounds of gunfire in the capital Harare early Wednesday, but the military asked residents to be calm.
Late Tuesday, armoured tanks had taken position in the capital