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EOS Alerts 7-1-2019

Gabon: Military Coup Attempted in Libreville

At approximately 0400 LT on 7 January, military forces in Gabon attempted to initiate a coup d’état, seizing control of the national radio station (Radio Télévisée Gabonaise – RTG) in Libreville, announcing the establishment of a National Council for Restoration and demanding that all politicians and military leaders assemble at the National Assembly. The broadcast also called on military forces and citizens to take control of airports, checkpoints, military establishments and major transportation centres. Gunshots were reported in the city.

Forces loyal to President Ali Bongo have been deployed throughout Libreville, with many of those involved in the attempted coup having already been arrested. However, tensions remain high and there is a heightened security presence in all strategic areas of the capital. Access to the internet and so social media platforms has been cut off until further notice. Many Western authorities have advised their nationals to shelter in place until the situation stabilises and calm resumes. A government spokesman has said that situation is under control and that order is expected to resume in two to three hours.

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