Zimbabwe’s military apparently seized control of the southern African nation overnight, deploying tanks to the capital, taking control of the state-run broadcaster and confining longtime leader Robert Mugabe to his residence.
An established Zimbabwean journalist, who spoke to ABC News on condition of anonymity, said there is an increased military presence in Harare, with tanks stationed on the outskirts of the city center. The streets were quiet early Wednesday, but overnight the journalist said he heard the sound of heavy artillery firing from the military vehicles.
Meanwhile, soldiers are inside the state broadcaster’s headquarters and have told employees there to not be afraid, that “we are here to protect you” and to continue their work as usual, the journalist told ABC News.
The journalist noted that Mugabe has had strained relations with the army in recent months, and this activity is an indication of that. Officials, journalists and residents alike are not sure what to make of it, he added.