Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare – live

Announcement by military on state broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

4.43am GMT

Reuters reports from Harare that soldiers and armoured vehicles have blocked access to government offices, the parliament building and the courts.

The Guardian has not yet been able to independently verify this.

4.32am GMT

As Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa director of Human Rights Watch, notes, Wednesday morning’s Zimbabwean newspapers are already out of date:

#Zimbabwe state paper @HeraldZimbabwe headline this morning quickly overtaken by events in last few hours pic.twitter.com/NQweSJqzCe

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