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05:06  15 november  2017
05:06  15 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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FILE -- In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, file photo, Zimbabwe's Army Commander, Constantino Chiwenga addresses a press conference in Harare. Armored personnel carriers were seen outside the capital a day after the army commander Chiwenga threatened to © The Associated Press FILE -- In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, file photo, Zimbabwe's Army Commander, Constantino Chiwenga addresses a press conference in Harare. Armored personnel carriers were seen outside the capital a day after the army commander Chiwenga threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):

4:55 a.m.

Zimbabwe's army has announced that "this is not a military takeover" and that President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe and sound.

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"We are only targeting criminals around who him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice," the army announced on state-run media.

The early Wednesday announcement comes after a night of unrest with military vehicles in the capital and several explosions heard.

The army statement says that "as soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

Zimbabwe for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and the 93-year-old Mugabe after he fired his deputy and longtime ally, who had military support.

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4 a.m.

The British embassy in Zimbabwe is warning citizens to stay indoors "until the situation becomes clearer" amid growing political turmoil and military vehicles in the capital.

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However, it said this was not " a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Image caption Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga warned of a military takeover . Some staff at ZBC were manhandled when soldiers took over their offices in Harare late on Tuesday

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The embassy on Twitter cited "the uncertain situation" and "reports of unusual military activity" in the capital, Harare.

At least three explosions have been heard early Wednesday in Harare and armed soldiers and military vehicles have been seen in the streets.

Zimbabwe for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980.

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The army said it is targeting "criminals around him." On state television, the spokesman said " this is not a military takeover ." State broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation read out part of the ruling party statement late in the nightly news, which was led by a report on regional tourism.

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3:25 a.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe is encouraging American citizens to "shelter in place" amid rising political turmoil and the appearance of troops in the capital.

An embassy statement cites "the ongoing political uncertainty through the night." The embassy will be closed to the public on Wednesday.

At least three explosions have been heard early Wednesday in Harare and armed soldiers and military vehicles have been seen in the streets.

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Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga warned of a military takeover . The leader of the Zanu-PF youth wing, Kudzai Chipanga, said his members would not allow the armed forces to subvert the constitution and were prepared to die to defend President Mugabe.

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2:30 a.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe says it will be closed to the public on Wednesday because of "ongoing uncertainty" in the capital.

The embassy announced the closure on Twitter early Wednesday, shortly after at least three explosions were heard in Harare and military vehicles were seen in the streets. The embassy says it will remain "minimally staffed."

Tensions are high after Zimbabwe's army commander threatened to have the military step in and calm political turmoil and the ruling party accused him of "treasonable conduct."

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"It is not a military takeover of government," said one general reading a statement. "We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. Latest News. 1 Africa Zimbabwe military deny takeover in state TV address.

Latest news headlines from Zimbabwe Situation. Image captionZimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga warned of a military takeover . Gen Constantino Chiwenga had said the army was prepared to intervene to end purges within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Zimbabwe for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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1:55 a.m.

At least three explosions have been heard in Zimbabwe's capital as military vehicles are seen in the streets.

The Associated Press has seen armed soldiers assaulting passers-by. Soldiers have been seen loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles.

Tensions are high in the capital, Harare, after the country's army commander threatened to have the military step in and calm political turmoil and the ruling party accused him of "treasonable conduct."

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe 's political turmoil (all times local) Zimbabwe army spokesman on state broadcaster says ' this is not a military takeover '.

Zimbabwe for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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8:35 p.m.

Zimbabwe's ruling party is accusing the country's army commander of "treasonable conduct" for his threat to have the military step in and calm political turmoil.

The statement issued Tuesday night says the unprecedented comments made a day earlier by army commander Constantino Chiwenga were "clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability" and were "meant to incite insurrection."

The statement comes hours after The Associated Press saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.

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While it is routine for tanks to move along that route, the timing heightens unease in a country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Tensions rose last week after Mugabe fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had the military's support.

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5:30 p.m.

Zimbabwe is on edge as armed personnel vehicles are seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.

The Associated Press saw three armed personnel vehicles with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.

While it is routine for armed personnel vehicles to move along that route, Tuesday's timing heightens unease in this country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power. Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.

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