Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was back to work on Tuesday, joining with leaders of Sudan’s transitional government to review the country’s security situation and vowing to prevent terror attacks one day after a failed assassination attempt targeted Hamdok in Khartoum.
Mohammed Al-Fakki, spokesman for the government, said the meeting focused on tracking terrorist elements at ports and entry points where they might gain access, and determining which authorities are responsible for security as Sudan navigates a transition that has long seen competing security interests within its borders.
In January, officers loyal to former president Omar al-Bashir, who was removed last April and remains under arrest, staged an uprising while blocking streets and firing guns into the air.
Tuesday’s meeting called for “speeding up the arrest of the criminals, bringing them to trial and carrying out investigations with the authorities responsible for securing the accident area,” Al-Fakki told the state news agency SUNA.
The bomb attack on Hamdok’s convoy happened as he was en route to his office and damaged several vehicles. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
“I assure the Sudanese people that I am well and completely healthy,” Hamdok said after the attack. “What happened will not stop the march of change and will only be an additional splash in the high wave of the revolution.”
The attack on Hamdok was widely condemned by the international community.