Updated: February 24, 2021
The United States has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Monday’s attack on Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s convoy in Khartoum.
The U.S. government offered condolences to the loved ones of victims killed or injured in the attack, saying “we continue to monitor the situation closely and stand ready to assist the Sudanese government as we may be able”.
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“The United States strongly supports Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government. We stand with it and the Sudanese people in their pursuit of peace, security, prosperity, democracy, and equality,” read the statement released by State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok survived an assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum on Monday.
“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.
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.