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Int’l terrorism Not Involved in Failed Hamdok Assassination Attempt, Probe Finds

Int’l terrorism Not Involved in Failed Hamdok Assassination Attempt, Probe Finds

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 06:45
Security personnel stand near a car damaged after an explosion targeting the motorcade of Sudan's PM Hamdok near the Kober Bridge in Khartoum, Sudan. (Reuters)
Khartoum – Ahmed Younis

The investigation into the failed assassination attempt against Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok found no evidence linking an international terrorist organization or any foreign parties to the attack, a source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The assassination was planned by a “local terrorist organization” that lacks the expertise and is unprofessional in preparing such explosives, said the source, who is close to the investigation team.

He said American and Sudanese investigators have ruled out the involvement of international terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Earlier this month, Hamdok survived an assassination attempt when an explosive device went off near his convoy in the capital, Khartoum. A team from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) traveled to Khartoum to help authorities in the probe.

The source said the terrorists used a primitive explosive device that is produced in Sudan and has very limited destructive capacity.

The “amateurs” left behind evidence that helped uncover their identities and locations, he said, adding that they also neglected to notice surveillance cameras at the site of the attack that captured their image. They also used traceable telephones and even exchanged congratulatory messages after the attack, which facilitated their arrest.

Investigations are ongoing with them to reveal their mastermind, he said. Their identities have not been revealed.

He hinted that members affiliated to the ousted regime of longtime president Omar al-Bashir could have been behind the assassination attempt.

Hamdok took the reins of a transitional government in August after Bashir’s overthrow in April 2019.

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