The prosecutor general’s office in Madagascar says it has foiled an assassination attempt on President Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects.
It is the latest in a string of attacks on heads of states in the continent.
In a statement released overnight, the prosecutor general said according to the evidence in government possession, the individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of a number of people including the head of state.
Diplomatic sources also revealed that two French people are among several arrested in the Indian Ocean island nation on Tuesday “as part of an investigation for undermining state security.
Prosecutor Berthine Razafiarivony, in the statement said, “Several foreign and Madagascar nationals were arrested on Tuesday, July 20, as part of an investigation into an attack on state security,”
He however added that investigations were under way and further details could not be disclosed.