November 15, 2017 03:02 GMT by theguardian.com

Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare – live

Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare – live

Announcement by military on state broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

Earlier there were reports of multiple explosions in Harare, and news that military personnel had seized control of state broadcaster and principal Mugabe mouthpiece ZBC.

Amid mounting uncertainty about whether a coup was about to take place, the US and UK embassies in Zimbabwe advised their citizens to shelter at home:

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