ROTTERDAM, August 30 -- Prime Minister, who has fled to South Africa, confirms with Al Jazeera that army has taken over government buildings.
Military units in Lesotho have surrounded government and police buildings and gunfire has been heard in the small mountainous southern African kingdom, in what diplomats said appeared to be an attempted coup. The military seized control of the tiny police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones in the early hours on Saturday, a government minister and member of the ruling coalition told the AFP news agency.
Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed with Al Jazeera that coup was indeed under way in his coutry and that he has now moved to South Africa.
"The [military] commander said he was looking for me, the prime minister and the deputy prime minister to take us to the king. In our country, that means a coup," he said.
But Maseribane insisted the prime minister's government was still in control of the landlocked nation, which is located within eastern South Africa.
An AFP photographer reported shots ringing out in the early morning hours, and said a reinforced military contingent was guarding the prime minister's official residence and that soldiers were patrolling the streets of the capital Maseru.
The streets of the capital were calm, residents said, although some shops remained closed. South African radio stations also reported that private radio stations were off the air in the nation.