Sudanese prime minister escapes assassination attempt
Iran Press TV
Monday, 09 March 2020 10:15 AM
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt targeting his convoy in the capital Khartoum.
"An explosion hit as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's car was driving by but thank God no one was hurt," Ali Bakhit, his office director, said on Monday.
Sudan's state TV said Hamdok is "well and has been taken to a safe place."
State-run radio Omdurman, however, reported that automatic weapons were used in the attack, and that Hamdok was taken to a hospital.
Images broadcast on regional TV channels and social media showed a convoy including several damaged white SUVs and a badly damaged car.
The attack happened near the northern entrance to Kober bridge, which connects Khartoum North with the city center, where Hamdok's office is located.
Hamdok has been heading a transitional government formed after the overthrow of long-time president Omar al-Bashir.
He rose to power in August last year after civilian groups reached a power-sharing deal with military generals who remain the de facto rulers of the country.
Following Bashir's ouster, authorities said they had foiled several coup attempts by military officers.
The attempted assassination "is the new episode in a series of coup plots against the revolution," said Khalid Omer, a leading member of the civilian coalition that backed last year's anti-Bashir uprising.
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