- A plot believed to have been targeted at Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was foiled in the early hours today, when an armed group launched an attack at the state house gates.
The search for the men, mostly believed to be foreign hired mercenaries, is still going on, while two have been shot dead and another was arrested following a gun battle in Khubetsoana in the eastern outskirts of the capital, Maseru.
According to eye-witnesses, the group, which was travelling in a hijacked minibus and a bakkie was spotted driving on the main north route by security forces, but many managed to escape.
Apart from the Prime Minister's residence, the military base and the police headquarters in Maseru have also been reported attacked by the same group.
While government officials are still tight-lipped about the incidence, sources have revealed that at least one of the victims and the man arrested carried Mozambican travel documents.
By late morning, searches had intensified along the South African border in the Caledon river where the rest of the group are believed to be hiding. A joint South African police and Lesotho army and other security forces continues.
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