Sudan says FBI to help probe PM Hamdok assassination bid

Security forces gather next to a damaged vehicle at the site of an assassination attempt against Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in the capital Khartoum on March 9, 2020. (AFP)

American investigators will help Sudan with inquiries into a failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the Sudanese culture and information minister said on Wednesday.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation team “arrived this morning and will join Sudanese investigators,” Faisal Mohammed Saleh told journalists.

Sudan’s post-uprising leader Hamdok escaped unharmed on Monday after an assassination attempt using explosives targeted his convoy in the capital Khartoum.

The American investigators will bring relevant “expertise and techniques for this kind of case,” Saleh said.

The US team comprises three people, local media cited the interior ministry as saying.

Sudan’s security and defense council met on Monday evening and called for foreign assistance.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Sudanese authorities have made several arrests, including of foreigners, Saleh said, without giving further detail.

On Tuesday, the interior ministry said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device placed on the route taken by Hamdok’s convoy.

After the fall of longstanding ruler Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, Hamdok, a seasoned economist, took the reins of a transitional government last August.

He heads a sovereign council composed of civilian and military figures, tasked with overseeing Sudan’s transition to civilian rule over three years, with the eventual goal of free elections.

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