NOUAKCHOTT, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was transferred to France Sunday morning for medical treatment after accidentally shot and wounded on Saturday night, official sources told Xinhua.
According to the Communication Ministry, the accident happened when Abdel Aziz's convoy was returning to the capital Nouakchott. The patrol did not recognize his convoy.
Security was tightened at the airport with the deployment of the presidential guard when Abdel Aziz went on board a plane to France.
Before departure, the Mauritanian president delivered a speech on national radio, assuring his people of personal health, saying there was nothing to "worry about."
He also made a reference to the shooting with a tone of pardon, expressing "his comprehension of the reaction of the soldier who opened fire."
The Communication Ministry initially reported on television the president was "touched by a bullet fired by mistake by an army unit in the north of Nouakchott."
Mauritanian president shot accidentally by army patrol: official
ABIDJAN, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was lightly injured as his motorcade was accidentally fired on by an army unit, according to reports reaching here on Saturday.
Abdel Aziz is now being treated at a heavily guarded military hospital in the capital city of Nouakchott, said the hospital sources. Full story