Sudan premier Hamdok survives assassination attempt

Sudan premier Hamdok survives assassination attempt
1 min read
09 March, 2020
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reportedly taken to a hospital after an attack on his convoy involving automatic weapons.
Abdalla Hamdok has served as prime minister since last August [Getty]

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived unharmed an assassination attempt using explosives in the capital Khartoum on Monday, his top aide has said.

"An explosion hit as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's car was driving by but thank God no one was hurt," said Ali Bakhit, the prime minister's office director.

A cabinet official also confirmed to AFP that Hamdok had escaped an attack. 

Images on state television showed at least two damaged vehicles at the site of the blast in the Kober district, northeast of the centre of Khartoum.

State TV reported that Hamdok's convoy was targeted but was currently "well and has been taken to a safe place". 

The area was quickly cordoned off by the police.

State-run radio meanwhile reported that automatic weapons were also used in the attack and that Hamdok was taken "to a hospital". 

Hamdok, a British-educated former diplomat and UN official, was appointed prime minister last August after pro-democracy protests forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir.

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