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Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok survives assassination attempt Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021

Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum.

“I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape,” Abdalla Hamdok tweeted after his convoy was attacked on Monday.

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The respected former UN economist was appointed in August by Sudan’s Sovereign Council, a few months after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir.

The council, made up of six civilians and five military officers, was the result of months of negotiations between the military and civilian protesters.

The protesters urged the army to return to the barracks after ousting Bashir in April 2019.

It was not clear who was behind the attack, but the blame may likely fall on former powerful individuals, especially in the military being sidelined.

The AFP quoted Ali Bakhit, the director of the prime minister’s officer, as saying in a Facebook post that no-one was hurt in the attack.

Reuters said 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.

Information Minister Faisal Salih said investigations had begun.

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

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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