Senior army and police officials were arrested in Madagascar in connection with a failed attempt to kill the country’s president.
The arrested include five generals and several active police officers. At least 21 people are being investigated over last month’s foiled assassination.
Authorities have also seized a gun and $250,000 local reports claimed.
The attempt on President Andry Rajoelina’s life was among ongoing turbulence rocking the island nation.
Madagascar has been under a lockdown since the Covid-19 pandemic hit last year and its southern region is in the grips of a famine.
Authorities announced last month that it had thwarted a plot to “eliminate and neutralise” a number of people, including the president.
It came a month after another failed effort to kill the head of the national police force.
Among the latest arrests were 12 “active military and police personnel, including five generals, two captains and five non-commissioned officers”, Attorney General Berthine Razafiarivony said.
Four of those arrested are retired national and foreign police and military personnel, while the final five are civilians, she said.
Several local people and foreigners were arrested last week.
Mr Rajoelina, 47, initially seized power in 2009 from Marc Ravalomanana with the backing of the military.
He beat Mr Ravalomanana in the last election in 2018, although there were claims of election irregularities.
The former French colony has had a history of coups after gaining independence from in 1960.