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US tells citizens in Zimbabwe to shelter in place as troops seen in capital

November 15th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/14/us-tells-citizens-in-zimbabwe-to-shelter-in-place-as-troops-seen-in-capital.html

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe urged American citizens to "shelter in place" early Wednesday as troops were seen in the streets of the capital amid rising political turmoil surrounding the country's 93-year-old president, Robert Mugabe; cited "ongoing political uncertainty through the night" and added the embassy would be closed to the public on Wednesday. The British embassy issued a similar warning, citing "reports of unusual military activity."

Shortly after the embassy statements, Zimbabwe's army sought to reassure the country that "this is not a military takeover" and that while Mugabe was safe and sound, the military was targeting "criminals around him" who have sent the nation spinning into economic despair.

The army took control of the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation late Tuesday and an army spokesman made the statement: "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

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