İrem UZUN -TDO- Sudan's prime minister has survived an assassination attempt after his convoy was attacked in the capital, Khartoum. Abdalla Hamdok confirmed he was safe in a tweet shortly after the attack. “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,” he said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and it was unclear what type of device caused the explosion.
Pictures on state television show several damaged vehicles at the site of the blast. Ali Bakhit, the director of the prime minister's officer, said in a Facebook post that no-one was hurt in the attack, the AFP news agency reports. Witnesses told the Reuters News Agency that the attack happened near the north-eastern entrance to Kober bridge, which connects Khartoum North to the city center, where the prime minister's office is. "I saw the moment of the explosion and the strike, and the strike came from a high building," one of them said.
The attack comes almost exactly a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the country’s powerful military to remove the former autocratic president, Omar al-Bashir, from power and replace him with a joint military-civilian administration. Hamdok was appointed to lead a transitional government that will eventually lead to an election and full civilian rule. However, he faces stiff resistance from Sudan’s powerful military, Islamists and other former allies of Bashir. Information Minister Faisal Salih said investigations had begun to find out who was behind what he called a "terrorist attack". "Terrorist attempts will be dealt with decisively," he added.