Sudan’s Hamdok survives assassination attempt in Khartoum


March 09, 2020


Security personnel stand near a car damaged after an explosion targeting the motorcade of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok near the Kober Bridge in Khartoum, Sudan March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla


KHARTOUM (REUTERS) – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt targeting his convoy in the capital Khartoum, state television and a cabinet source said on Monday.

Hamdok, who was appointed to head a transitional government after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir last year, has been moved to a safe location, state TV said.

Images broadcast on regional TV channels and social media showed a convoy including several damaged white SUVs and a badly damaged car.

Three witnesses told Reuters the attack happened near the northern entrance to Kober bridge, which connects Khartoum North with the city center, where Hamdok’s office is.

The convoy appeared to have been targeted from above, they said.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo and Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Aidan Lewis and Peter Graff

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