UPDATE: Government of Gabon says situation under control, arrests coup plotters

The government of Gabon has declared that it is in control and has arrested four out of five persons involved in the attempted coup by army rebels.

Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou who revealed this added that Calm has returned and the situation is under control.

Only hours earlier, soldiers burst into state radio and called on the people to “rise up,” an apparent bid to oust ailing President Ali Bongo, who is recovering from a stroke in Morocco.

The radio message was broadcast at about 4:30am local time, with reports of gunshots around the national television station.


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