Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela has been taken to hospital. Officials said he was suffering from a "long-standing abdominal complaint" which doctors felt needed "proper specialist medical attention".
The 93-year-old statesman and anti-apartheid icon has suffered declining health in recent years.
South African President Jacob Zuma's office said the "love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world" were with him.
In a statement, he asked for Mr Mandela and his family to be given privacy. The statement did not say which hospital he had been taken to, but it is believed to be in Johannesburg.
The BBC correspondent, Karen Allen in Johannesburg says he is believed to have undergone surgery overnight.
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