Gun fighting breaks at army barracks

At least two high ranking army officers have died in an exchange of fire at Lesotho’s Ratjomose Barracks in Maseru.

The commander of the army Lt General Khoantle Motsomotso has allegedly been shot dead and one of the top suspects in the assassination of late Lt General Maaparankoe Mahao, Lt Colonel Bulane Sechele.

The minister of defence Sentje Lebona has confirmed the in-fighting and that some soldiers have run away but could not confirm deaths

It is not yet known what was the source of fighting between high ranking army officers.

The incident takes place some days after the leader of opposition, Democractic Congress (DC) Mathibeli Mokhothu and the former deputy leader and leader of a second biggest opposition party, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) escaped from the country saying they fear for their lives.

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