In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster during a night of unrest, Zimbabwe’s army said early Wednesday it was only targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that “this is not a military takeover.”
Mugabe and his wife were safe and sound, the army spokesman said.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy,” the army spokesman said, calling on churches to pray for the country. He urged other security forces to “cooperate for the good of our country,” warning that “any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.”
Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, and military vehicles were seen in the streets. On Monday, the army commander had threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over the 93-year-old…