Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, escaped death by a whisker after he survived an assassination attempt today (Monday) when a bomb blast went off near his convoy in the capital, Khartoum.
After the near fatal incident, Hamdok wrote on Twitter he was “safe and in good shape”.
“What happened will not stop the path of change, it will be nothing but an additional push in the strong waves of the revolution,” he added.
Hamdok, who is an economist by profession, became prime minister in August, months after a pro-democracy movement forced the army to remove long-time President Omar al-Bashir.
Hamdok also shared a photo of himself smiling and seated at his desk, while a TV behind him showed news coverage reporting he had survived the alleged assassination attempt.
According to Hamdok’s office, the attack happened as the prime minister was heading to his office.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Footage posted online showed two white vehicles used by Sudan’s top officials parked on a street, damaged with their widows broken. Another vehicle was badly damaged in the blast.
Falih Salih, Sudan’s information minister, said an investigation was under way to determine who was behind the attack.
“Terrorist attempts and dismantling the old regime will be dealt with decisively,” he said.
Al-Bashir’s overthrow in April was followed by months of negotiations between the military and the pro-democracy movement.
The two sides reached a power-sharing deal in August which established a joint military-civilian government.
The prime minister has pledged to work towards ending the country’s economic crisis and establishing peace.