6 in police net over failed attempt to kill Madagascar President

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Madagascan this week arrested six , including a foreign national, on suspicion of plotting kill president, after of investigation, officials said.

Andry Rajoelina sworn in as president of Ocean island country in 2019 after a hard-fought and a constitutional challenge from his rival.

“According evidence in possession, these individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of a of including the head of ,” the attorney general said in a statement.

It added that investigations were under way and details could not be disclosed. The arrests were made on Tuesday.

The extent of the plot, or how far advanced, not immediately clear.
The statement did not specify the nationality of the foreign nationals.

A separate statement by the public security minister on Wednesday said that six had been arrested: one foreign national, two binationals, and three Madagascan nationals.

“The had for several , but only now there an opportunity arrest them,” the statement read.