19 people suspected of attempted assassination of the president arrested

In the Comoros, a terrorist organization is being dismantled. The prosecutor announced on Friday May 22 the arrest of around 20 people in the context of an attempted bombing of President Azali last April.

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Twenty-two people have been charged so far, including 19 who have been placed in pre-trial detention for their alleged involvement in the attempted attack on the President of the Comoros.

The prosecutor explained that a man had attempted to register a package for the April 21 flight from Anjouan, having the president on board. As he turned back, rejected by airport security officers, the package in question fell from his motorcycle, causing an explosion in which the man emerged severely injured.

The investigation has already led to the seizure of 16 artisanal mines, 21 kg of dynamite and 54 remote detonators.

International ramifications

The high magistrate did not hesitate to evoke a terrorist organization whose members are as well on the national territory as abroad, citing France and Madagascar. Also according to him, the mines were discovered scattered on the island of Anjouan, one of the strongholds of the dispute.

Last year, President Azali had already claimed to have escaped an attack, also in Anjouan, in the middle of the campaign for his re-election which he finally won.

With our correspondent in Moroni,

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