Mauritania President 'lightly wounded' in accidental shooting

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was "lightly wounded" after a Mauritanian military patrol accidentally opened fire on his convoy on Saturday, a government spokesman confirmed.

On his way back to Nouakchott, the presidential convoy was shot by a Mauritanian patrol...as they did not recognize his convoy. The president was shot on that occasion but he is lightly wounded and his life is not threatened.

– Communications Minister Hamdi Ould Mahjoub

They said Abdel Aziz was traveling by road when the incident occurred.

Security forces blocked roads leading to the hospital, witnesses said.

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Gunshot wounds President

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was "lightly wounded" after a Mauritanian military patrol accidentally opened fire on his convoy on Saturday, a government spokesman confirmed.