Security operatives in Madagascar on Thursday foiled an assassination attempt on the country’s President, Andry Rajoelina and other top officials.
Briefing the media, the Minister of Public security, Rodellys Randrianariso revealed that Six people including two French nationals were arrested in connection with the attempts.
“According to all the investigations we have made, the people arrested are involved in the assassination attempt of the Head of State of Madagascar. The arrests followed all the norms. The arrests were not made by mercenaries but by the police,” the Minister told journalists.
“Six people were arrested. Among them, two Malagasy are bi-nationals, there is also a foreigner and the others are Malagasy,” he further added.
Police sources say they intervened to seize weapons on Tuesday after monitoring the operations of the assassins for months.
Another source close to government revealed that two assassination attempts have been plotted in a single month. During Celebration of the country’s Independence Day on June 26, the army leadership announced they had foiled an assassination attempt on their boss, General Richard Ravalomanana, who is also Rajoelina’s right-hand man.
President Rajoelina, seized power in March 2009 from Marc Ravalomanana with the backing of the military, and has since remained in power after winning in an election in December, 2018.