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Several Suspects in Custody in Plot to Assassinate Madagascar’s President

FILE - In this June 26, 2021, photo Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina inspects troops during Independence Day celebrations at Barea Stadium in Antananarivo.

Authorities in Madagascar have arrested several people they believe were part of a plot to kill President Andry Rajoelina.

The attorney general’s office issued a statement Thursday saying the suspects were part of a conspiracy to undermine the island nation’s security, including “the elimination and neutralization” of a number of people.

The suspects include both foreign nationals and Madagascar-born citizens.

The statement said the investigation is still ongoing.

Some information for this report came from the Associated Press and AFP.