The president of Mauritania has been flown to France for medical treatment following an attack on his motorcade that is being described as an “accident”.
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was reportedly hit in the arm and/or abdomen when troops of his own army opened fire on his car as it returned along a bush road from a visit to the north of the country.
The former army general seized power in a coup in 2008, and won a presidential election the following year on a platform of ending terrorist attacks.
He struck at bases in Mali belonging to al-Qaeda in 2010 and 2011. Al-Qaeda called for his murder.
Abdel Aziz was operated on successfully before leaving for France. He spoke briefly on television before leaving to assure Mauritanians he was in good health, and to praise the medical team that had treated him.