Abdalla Hamdok

FBI in Sudan to help probe assassination attempt

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Sudanese investigators at the scene of the assassination attempt in Khartoum - Monday 9 March 2020
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The prime minister's motorcade was attack as he was on his way to work

A team from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to help with enquiries into a failed assassination attempt against the prime minister.

Abdalla Hamdok's convoy was attacked with explosives and gunfire on Monday.

It is not yet clear who was behind the attack and the arrival of the three US investigators follows a call from the Sudanese authorities for foreign assistance.

Mr Hamdok, an economist, was appointed to head the transitional government following the overthrow last April of the long-standing President, Omar al-Bashir.

Correspondents say there are concerns over Sudan's stability given some once powerful personalities are opposed to the widespread political and security reforms taking place.

Attack on Sudan PM condemned

What can Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok do to keep safe?
The Sovereign Council in charge of Sudan has condemned an assassination attempt on the country's prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok.  It says it might call in international help. His motorcade was targeted with explosives as well as automatic weapons but no one was hurt in the attack. 

Mr Hamdok, a former UN economist, was appointed to head Sudan's transitional government last August, a few months after the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir.  Sudan analyst Gillian Lusk told BBC Newsday she was not surprised by the attack.

(Pic: Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok; Credit: EPA)

Sudan 'to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims'

Sudan prime minister Ahmed Hamdok
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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has just concluded his first US visit

Sudan has promised to pay compensation to families of victims of the 1998 US embassies bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in an interview with the US-based newspaper that his country would give the compensation to Kenyan and Tanzanian families in a few weeks.

However, lawyers for victims of the bombings are not convinced that this will happen, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Mr Hamdok was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal during his first official visit to the US, where he asked for the removal of Sudan from the US terrorism list.

He was quoted as saying that Sudan had consulted at length with the US and met most of the requirements for its removal from the list.

He added that only two major obstacles remained: settling the cases related to the bombings and co-operating with the US in combating terrorism.

US courts have held Sudan liable for $10bn (£7.6bn) in damages - $5.9bn of which they say should go to survivors of the 1998 attack.

More than 220 people were killed in the co-ordinated bombings in the two cities, and nearly 5,000 people were injured.

The bombings were carried out by al-Qaeda, which was accused of running training camps in Sudan.

A lawyer involved in the case, Chicago-based Gavriel Mairone, wrote to the Daily Nation to say he had contacted the Sudanese government's lawyers, and had outlined "creative proposals" to resolve the dispute.

"The road forward requires the government of Sudan to demonstrate its commitment to international norms through deeds, and not merely aspirational words," he wrote.