Mugabe family in detention after military takes control of Zimbabwe

Army says it has taken temporary control to ‘target criminals’ around 93-year-old head of state, who sacked his vice-president last week

Zimbabwe’s army takes control – live updates

Robert Mugabe and his family remain under detention in Zimbabwe twelve hours after the military declared on national television that it had temporarily taken control of the country to “target criminals” around the head of state.

The move by the armed forces appears to have resolved a bitter battle to succeed the 93-year-old president, which had pitted his former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, against his wife, 52-year-old Grace Mugabe.

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