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Gabon Coup: Mutiny Leader Arrested, Two Soldiers Killed – Presidency

Mutiny leader arrested, two soldiers killed

The Gabon presidency has reported the death of two soldiers involved in the attempted coup of Monday morning.

The fifth officer and leader of the action has also been arrested, the presidency confirmed. An earlier report said four of the five plotters had been arrested.

It is not known the circumstances around which the two died. The leader of the mutiny was found hiding in a house close to the state broadcaster.

He managed to elude security forces deployed to arrest them after making an announcement on state radio earlier on.

Government assures situation under control, four soldiers picked

The Gabonese government spokesperson confirmed to Reuters and French channel, RFI, that the attempted coup had been brought under control.

“The government is in place, the institutions are in place,” Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told France24.

Apparently, there were only five soldiers involved in the attempt, out of which government confirmed that four had been arrested whiles one is on the run.

African Union condemns coup attempt

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said in a tweet that the attempted coup in Gabon was strongly condemnable. He added that the AU will not countenance an unconstitutional change of government.

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Soldiers take over state radion, announcing coup

Military officers in Gabon have seized the national radio station calling for the need for national restoration, the Reuters news agency reported on Monday.

The soldiers also condemned the New Year speech delivered by President Ali Bongo Ondimba stating that they were disappointed with it.

A New Year’s address by Bongo“reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out the responsibilities of his office,” said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defense and Security Forces of Gabon.

The president for the first time delivered his address from the Moroccan capital, Rabat, where he is recuperating from a stroke. He was transferred to Rabat from a Saudi hospital late last year.

Security and political watchers are pointing to the military’s move as an apparent coup attempt. The full extent of the involvement of the military top brass is not yet known.

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