Mr Mugabe, 93, has dominated the impoverished country's political scene since its independence from the UK.
Military takes control in Zimbabwe
3:02 am, Wed November 15, 2017
The BBC is reporting that the military has seized control in Zimbabwe and has said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, is safe.
After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused "social and economic suffering".
Messages attributed to the ruling party's Twitter account described the takeover as a "bloodless transition".
The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favour of his wife.
A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup and said Mr Mugabe and his family were "safe and sound", but did not say where.
But a recent post from the ruling party's own Twitter account suggests the first family has been detained.
Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday.
There was no immediate word from Mr Mugabe himself.
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