Mauritania president home after shooting

Nov. 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is home after being treated in France for gunshot wounds, the state news agency reported.

Aziz was shot in the lower abdomen Oct. 14 as his motorcade was returning to the capital Nouakchott and was airlifted to France the following day.

Crowds lined the streets Saturday night to welcome him home as he waved from a convertible, CNN reported.

Aziz, who turns 56 next month, told Radio France International several bullets hit his intestines and that he was "generally OK."

His first order of business late Saturday and early Sunday was to meet with the West African country's prime minister and cabinet ministers, the state-run AMI news agency said.

It's still unclear who shot Aziz. At the time, the Mauritania News agency quoted witnesses as saying "unknown men" opened fire on the motorcade and ran away.

However, state media alleged the shooters were government soldiers at a roadside checkpoint.

Aziz is a former general who came to power in a bloodless 2008 military coup.

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