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Mauritanian president shot accidentally by army: Minister

Published on Oct 14, 2012 7:50 AM
 
Mauritania's President Aziz arrives for the second day of talks during a summit of Mediterranean neighbours at Verdala Palace outside Valletta. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was shot and "slightly wounded" on Saturday when an army unit accidentally fired on his convoy, an official said.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

NOUAKCHOTT (AFP/REUTERS) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was shot and "slightly wounded" on Saturday when an army unit accidentally fired on his convoy, an official said.

Mr Abdel Aziz is being treated at a military hospital in the capital Nouakchott, according to a security source and Communications Minister Hamdi Ould Mahjoub.

"This was an accidental shooting on the presidential convoy as it returned to Nouakchott. The army unit did not recognize the presidential convoy," Mr Mahjoub said on national television.

"The Mauritanian people can be reassured, the president is fine... He was slightly wounded, and he got out of the vehicle unassisted upon arrival at the hospital, where he walked in without difficulty."

 
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