Lesotho military disarms police

Comment on this story
iol pic afr Thomas Thabane-lesotho politics AFP Lesothos deposed Prime Minister, Tom Thabane File picture: Alexander Joe

Maseru - Lesotho defense forces say that one soldier and four police were injured in an exchange of gunfire when military forces disarmed two police stations in the country.

Defense forces spokesman Ntlele Ntoi told The Associated Press that after disarming police at the two stations, the military returned to their barracks.

Ntoi denied reports of any attempt at a coup.

He said the military acted after gathering intelligence that the police were going to arm factions in a demonstration planned for Monday by one of the coalition parties, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy. He said the military disarmed police to avoid bloodshed.

Lesotho is a mountainous kingdom surrounded by South Africa and has seen unrest since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.


sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines