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Mauritanian leader home after treatment

Nouakchott -

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has returned home to the capital Nouakchott from Paris, where he was treated after being “accidentally” shot by a soldier in October, an official source said.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. File photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi. Credit: Reuters

Abdel Aziz flew back discreetly on the night of Thursday to Friday after spending two weeks in France. It was his second round of treatment there, following a 40-day stint and a brief return home.

The 55-year-old former general, who seized power in a 2008 coup and was elected a year later, had been shot in the intestines in what was described as an accident.

He had been travelling in an unmarked vehicle when he came across a mobile army checkpoint outside the capital. His failure to stop led a plain clothes soldier to open fire.

The soldier has said it was a mistake and has not been punished, with the government accepting the shooting as an accident. The opposition has demanded further investigation.

The president's mandate expires in 2014. - Sapa-AFP

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