Military vehicles seen moving towards the Zimbabwean capital

PUBLISHED Tue, November 14, 2017 - 9:15am EST
One of the military vehicles moving towards Harare (Social media)

A convoy of military vehicles has been spotted driving towards the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, according to witnesses and video footage, just a day after the army chief threatened to intervene over purges in the ruling party. (more)

The latest developments began just before 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday when multiple armored vehicles and dozens of soldiers were seen standing along a main road, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the capital Harare. One video showed military vehicles driving towards Harare.

It was not immediately known how many vehicles and soldiers had been deployed and what their purpose is. Witnesses told the Reuters news agency that several tanks were also seen, though only personnel carriers could be seen in video and photos.

The military vehicles are believed to be coming from Inkomo, one of the country's main military barracks. BBC correspondents in the capital said they had not yet seen any military vehicles in the areas where they are.

The news comes just a day after General Constantino Chiwenga warned that the army could intervene if infighting continued in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired last week after President President Robert Mugabe accused him of disloyalty and deceitfulness.

We're working to gather more information.

Mugabe, who is 93, has ruled Zimbabwe since 1987, making him one of the world's longest-ruling leaders. Zimbabwe has faced sanctions from the international community for alleged human rights abuses and vote-rigging by Mugabe.

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