Mauritania president wounded in firing

Abdel Aziz was elected in 2009 after coming to power in a 2008 coup.

Mauritania president wounded in firing

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was "lightly wounded" after a military patrol accidentally fired on his convoy, the government said on Saturday.

Abdel Aziz is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in the capital Nouakchott, a source at the presidency and two military sources told Reuters.

They did not give further details and it was not immediately clear why the military convoy opened fire on the convoy.

"On his way back to Nouakchott, the presidential convoy was shot by a Mauritanian they did not recognize his convoy," Communications Minister Hamdi Ould Mahjoub said on national television.

"The president was shot on that occasion, but he is lightly wounded and his life is not threatened," he said.

Abdel Aziz was elected in 2009 after coming to power in a 2008 coup.

Security forces blocked roads leading to the military hospital, but security did not appear to be heightened around the presidential palace or other official buildings, according to a Reuters witness.

Mauritania launched numerous military operations on bases in neighbouring Mali before a rebellion in that country split it in two.

Abdel Aziz has faced some protests over complaints ranging from corruption to his poor handling of a recent food crisis.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2012, 17:19