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Commander of Lesotho defence force shot dead - defence official

Colonel Tanki Mothae provided no further details about the incident but a press conference was scheduled to be held later in the day.

Lesotho flag. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

MASERU - The commander of the Lesotho defence forces Khoantle Motsomotso and two other senior officers were shot dead on Tuesday at an army barracks, the principal secretary for the southern African nation’s military said.

Colonel Tanki Mothae provided no further details about the incident but a press conference was scheduled to be held later in the day.

He was shot at his home by army commanders according to officials.

The impoverished mountain kingdom has been through bouts of political turbulence since an attempted coup in 2014.

Defense official Ramanko Makoloba says in addition to Mots‘omots‘o's death, one soldier was killed and another injured.

Lesotho has been beset by power struggled and concerns about military involvement in politics.

The country had seen many high-profile assassinations, including the 2015 killing of former army chief.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane won elections in June, returning him to power three years after he fled Lesotho because of fears he was an assassination target.