Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Khartoum.
The development was announced by Ali Bakhit, the prime minister’s office director on Monday on state media. Bakhit said:
An explosion hit as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s car was driving by but thank God no one was hurt.
Al Jazeera reports that the prime minister has since been moved to a safe location. The publication further reports that the blast targeted the prime minister’s convoy “just as he was heading to his office”.
Footage posted online showed two white vehicles used by Sudan’s top officials parked on a street, damaged with their windows broken while another vehicle was badly damaged in the blast.
Hamdok, a prominent economist, was appointed prime minister in August last year after pro-democracy protests forced the military to remove former ruler Omar al-Bashir.
Military generals remain the de facto rulers of the country and have shown little willingness to hand over power to the civilian-led administration.
More: Al Jazeera