Sudan PM survives assassination attempt

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By  BBC 

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt after his convoy was attacked in the capital, Khartoum.

"I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape," Abdalla Hamdok has tweeted.

Hamdok was appointed to head Sudan's transitional government last August, a few months after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir.

He said the attack only served as "an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan".

It is not yet clear who carried out the attack, but the political situation in Sudan remains precarious after last year's political transition led to many once-powerful individuals, especially in the military, being sidelined.

Ali Bakhit, the director of the prime minister's officer, said in a Facebook post that no-one was hurt in the attack, the AFP news agency reports.

Witnesses told the Reuters news agency that the attack happened near the north-eastern entrance to Kober bridge, which connects Khartoum North to the city centre, where the prime minister's office is.

"I saw the moment of the explosion and the strike, and the strike came from a high building," one of them said.

Information Minister Faisal Salih said investigations had begun to find out who was behind what he called a "terrorist attack".

"Terrorist attempts and dismantling the old regime will be dealt with decisively," Reuters quoted him as saying.

The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi says the attack on the prime minister is a reminder of the volatile situation that still prevails in Sudan less than a year on from the coup.

There are concerns the transitional period could easily founder on the intransigence of the military or because of the faltering economy.

 

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