Six people, including one foreign citizen, have been arrested by the police in Madagascar, over alleged plot to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina.
Attorney General, Berthine Razafiarivony, on Thursday, said the arrests took place on July 20, as part of months-long investigation “into an attack on state security”.
Though there was no official confirmation about the nationality of the foreign suspect, Razafiarivony said the foiled plot included the “killing and neutralisation” of senior political figures other than the president.
“According to the evidence in our possession, these individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralisation of a number of people including the head of state,” he stated.
Also, officials in the country did not give details on the extent of the plot, or how advanced it was when the suspects were apprehended.
A separate statement on Wednesday by the public security minister, said that six people had been arrested: one foreign citizen, two dual nationals, and three Madagascans.
“The police had information for several months, but only now was there an opportunity to arrest them,” he said.
Madagascar has a history of political violence.
Former coup leader, Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019, after a hard-fought election and a constitutional court challenge from his rival.