Sudan’s PM Hamdok unharmed after blast targets his convoy in Khartoum

The Sudanese Prime Minister survived an assassination attempt on Monday after an explosion in the capital, Khartoum, Sudanese official media reported.

Abdalla Hamdok’s family confirmed that he was safe after the explosion, which targeted his convoy.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hamdok was appointed prime minister last August after pro-democracy protests forced the military to oust autocratic president Omar el-Bashir in April and replace him with a civilian-led government.

Military generals remain the de facto leaders of the country and have shown little willingness to cede power to the civilian-led administration.

Hamdok confirmed that the government would cooperate with the efforts of the International Criminal Court to prosecute those wanted for war crimes and genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict in Sudan in the 2000s.

Transitional authorities announced in February that they had agreed to surrender al-Bashir to the ICC with other former officials wanted by the ICC.

Almost a year after the ouster of Al-Bashir, the country is facing a serious economic crisis. Inflation stands at 60% and the unemployment rate was 22.1% in 2019, according to the International Monetary Fund. The government has declared that 30% of young Sudanese people, who represent more than half of the 42 million inhabitants, are unemployed.

(AP)