Zimbabwe’s army seized control of the country on Wednesday, saying it was removing "criminals" around Robert Mugabe and holding the president for his own safety. An army spokesman said on state television that Mugabe and his family were being held in a "safe and secure place" while soldiers carried out the operation in Harare, which followed a day of high tension between the army’s commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, and Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF. "We are targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country," the army spokesperson said. "As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy." Witnesses in Harare said soldiers remained on guard outside the state TV building on Wednesday morning, and were manning a checkpoint at the airport where flights were running normally. Army vehicles blocked off a handful of streets in the city centre. State television and radio playe...

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