Lesotho police shot dead four men and arrested another who were part of the gang of 16 men allegedly involved in an attempt on Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's life .
Inspector David Mphana said yesterday the man was arrested in Lesotho on Wednesday shortly after a shooting incident at Mosisili's home in Maseru.
Mphana could not confirm an earlier SABC report that seven people - five in South Africa and two in Lesotho - had been arrested. "We only have a 45-year-old man in custody," Mphana said.
The man was arrested during a shootout between police and 16 men allegedly involved in the assassination attempt.
The men - alleged mercenaries, according to the SABC - fled in a stolen taxi.
Police gave chase and a shootout ensued.
"Four men were killed and one was arrested, while 11 others got away."
Mphana was not sure if any South Africans were involved.
The SABC quoted Lesotho communications minister Mothetjoa Metsing as saying South African and Mozambican mercenaries had been contracted to stage a coup.
On Wednesday, President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is chairperson of the SADC, condemned the incident, saying such acts had no place in the region. - Sapa