Explosions rock Zimbabwe, troops take over broadcaster as coup fears intensify

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:48:40 AM. Soldiers take over the headquarters of Zimbabwe's state broadcaster as explosions echo across the capital Harare.
Video: Soldiers and army tanks are seen just outside the capital, Harare (Photo: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo) (ABC News) Soldiers have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe's state broadcaster as explosions echoed across the capital Harare, witnesses say, compounding speculation of a military coup against 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Witnesses said several state broadcaster ZBC members of staff were manhandled in the early hours of the morning (local time) as the soldiers occupied the premises, while the source of the explosions was not immediately apparent. The reports follow a tense evening after Zimbabwe's ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason as tanks and troops took up positions around the capital, escalating a "rupture" between Mr Mugabe and the military's top brass. Less than 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a government purge in the ruling party, reporters said last night they saw several armoured personnel carriers on major thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital. As darkness fell, soldiers were seen on the streets directing traffic and telling passing cars to keep moving through the night. "Don't try anything funny. Just go," one soldier said on Harare Drive. On Tuesday afternoon (local time), witnesses said they saw a number of tanks turn before reaching Harare, heading towards the Presidential Guard compound in a suburb called Dzivarasekwa on the outskirts of Harare....Read more
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