IN PICTURES: Soldiers on the streets of Zimbabwe

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Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15,2017.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe&39;s military seized power early on Wednesday targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.

Photo: Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15, 2017. Reuters / Philimon Bulawayo

Photo: Soldiers stand on the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15, 2017. Reuters / Philimon Bulawayo.

Photo: People queue to draw money outside a bank in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15, 2017. Reuters / Philimon Bulawayo.

Photo: Zimbabwean soldiers stand by an intersection as they regulate civilian traffic in Harare on November 15, 2017. AFP.