Gabon soldiers fail in coup attempt against president

Soldiers in the oil-rich Central African country of Gabon seized control of the national broadcaster early Monday morning and issued a statement claiming they had deposed the country’s absent leader to "restore democracy."

Four hours later, a spokesman for Gabon’s government called the soldiers "mutineers" and "jokers" and said four out of five of them have been arrested.

Reports from news agencies said the coup attempt was accompanied by scattered gunfire in the capital, Libreville, and videos posted on social media showed armored vehicles speeding through the streets, while helicopters circled overhead.

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