Sudan’s PM survives assassination attempt in capital

Sudan’s prime minister survived an assassination attempt Monday after an explosion went off near his convoy in the capital of Khartoum, Sudan’s state media said.
Abdalla Hamdok
FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan’s new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan’s state media Monday, March 9, 2020, says Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt after a blast in the capital Khartoum. (AP Photo, File)

CAIRO — Sudan’s prime minister survived an assassination attempt Monday after an explosion went off near his convoy in the capital of Khartoum, Sudan’s state media said.

Abdalla Hamdok’s family confirmed he was safe following the explosion. Sudanese state TV said Hamdok was heading to his office when the blast took place, and that he was taken to a “safe place.”

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Footage posted online showed two white, Japanese-made SUVs vehicles used by Sudan’s top officials parked on a street, damaged with widows broken. Another vehicle was badly damaged in the blast.

Hamdok was appointed prime minister last August, after pro-democracy protests forced the military to remove autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April and replace it with a civilian-led government.

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