Gabon govt thwarts coup attempt; 2 plotters dead

Gabon State TV via AP

In this image from TV, a Gabon soldier reads a statement saying the military has seized control of the government on Monday.

The Associated PressLIBREVILLE (AP) — Gabon’s government thwarted an attempted military coup on Monday, retaining control of the oil-rich West African nation after two plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said.

Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Betrand Mapangou told Radio France International.

He said five army officers who took over state radio were arrested.

Two other coup plotters were killed when security forces took over and freed some hostages, according to a presidential statement reported by RFI.

A curfew was imposed over Libreville, and the internet was cut. The city on the Atlantic Ocean coast was being patrolled by military tanks and armed vehicles.Speech

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