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Gunfire still heard in Lesotho - Reports

Reports of coup come from coalition government member Thesele Maseribane.

"Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae "Tom" Thabane. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - Maseru residents on Twitter are reporting that some gunfire can still be heard in Lesotho's capital.

Earlier a Lesotho government minister confirmed the country's military has seized control of the police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones.

An official South African response is expected shortly.

Reports of coup come from coalition government member Thesele Maseribane.

It's been impossible making telephone contact with people in the mountain kingdom.

The military has been silent as has the Lesotho official news agency.

Maseribane says the government of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's government is still in control.

He won't comment on Thabane's whereabouts but insists the premier is fine.

Maseribane accused the Lesotho Congress for Democracy of involvement in the move to seize power.

The party denies this although it is on record threatening to form a new government.

Maseribane says he fled hours earlier after being warned of an impending coup.

Some gunfire was reported in Maseru before dawn.

Two months ago South Africa sent a stern warning to Lesotho that it will not tolerate political instability in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region following the suspension of the country's Parliament.

The Parliament was suspended by the prime minister with the blessing of the king.