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Two Gabonese coup plotters killed – Presidency

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.

Mr Mapangou said that the army generals, civil society and opposition leaders mentioned in the rebels' statement as potential supporters would be investigated

Source: Voice of Nigeria