Gabon coup attempt: Two army rebels ‘killed’

Gabon soldiers in a state radio studio on January 7, 2018 where they called on people to “rise up” and announced formation of a national restoration council as ailing President Ali Bongo is out of country. PHOTO | SCREEN GRAB | AFP

Two soldiers who took part in Monday’s attempted coup in Gabon have been killed, the president’s office says.

They were shot dead after security officers stormed the national radio building which they had taken over. Three others are under arrest.

The junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years.

“The situation is under control,” the presidency’s statement said.

Coup leader Lt Kelly Ondo Obiang was on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed, reports Radio France Internationale (RFI).

“The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal”, said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, a spokesman for the government of the central African country.

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