Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt after a bomb blast occured near his convoy in the country’s capital, Khartoum on Monday.
According to reports emanating from Sudan, a bomb explosion hit Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s envoy as it was heading to his office but no one got hurt and the prime minister had been moved to a safe location.
“I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape,” Abdalla Hamdok tweeted. “Rest assured that what happened today will not stand in the way of our transition, instead it is an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan.”
I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape. Rest assured that what happened today will not stand in the way of our transition, instead it is an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan. pic.twitter.com/zeC2A4k2N0
— Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) March 9, 2020
Video footage posted online showed that two white vehicles belonging to the Sudanese government were damaged with their widows broken.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility by any group, agency or terrorist organization.
The attempt on Mr Hamdok’s life underlines the fragility of Sudan’s transition to democracy nearly a year after the military removed dictator Omar Al Bashir after months of street protests against his 29-year rule.
Mr Hamdok, an economist with years of experience in UN agencies, took office after a power-sharing agreement reached in August between the country’s top generals and the opposition movement who led the anti-Al Bashir protests.
The deal provides for more than three years of transition rule before free elections are held.