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Updated: October 14, 2012 10:52 IST

Mauritanian President shot accidentally by army patrol: official

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A file photo of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
A file photo of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was lightly injured as his motorcade was accidentally fired on by an army unit, according to reports reaching in Abidjan on Saturday.

Mr Abdel Aziz is now being treated at a heavily guarded military hospital in the capital city of Nouakchott, said the hospital sources.

The country’s Communications Minister Hamdi Ould Mahjoub said on national TV that an army patrol unit failed to recognize the President’s convoy, which was heading back to the capital, and opened fired on it.

He also said the President was just lightly wounded on the occasion, and got out of the vehicle on his own as he arrived at the hospital.

Earlier, the country’s security authorities told Xinhua that it was a group of unidentified armed men that were responsible for the shooting, and there is no further detail of the incident.

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