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Lesotho army chief, Khoantle Motsomotso and two other officers shot dead

Lt Gen Khoantle Motsomotso, the head of Lesotho's army and two other senior officers have been killed in a shootout at a barracks in the capital, Maseru.

Eyewitnesses said the officers burst into the army chief's office and shot him before being killed by guards. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has said the situation is now under control and has urged
people to remain calm.

At a press conference, the Prime Minister Mr Thabane said that, it was with sadness that he was informing the nation about the "unfortunate and untimely" death of Gen Motsomotso and the two others.

He also said that an investigation was under way to find out what really happened and why.

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