Congo-Brazzaville ex-official shot in France


Ferdinand Mbaou

A former senior security official in Congo-Brazzaville, who is exiled in France, has been shot and badly wounded in a Paris suburb, a French official has said, the AFP news agency reports.

Ferdinand Mbaou, a 59-year-old former colonel, was attacked by “an individual who shot him in the back near his home”, said Yves Jannier, the chief prosecutor in Pontoise.

The gunman escaped, AFP reports.

It says the shooting happened this week, but does not say exactly when.

Mr Mbaou headed presidential security under former head of state Pascal Lissouba, who was ousted in a 1997 coup by current President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Mr Sassou Nguesso, pictured below, has since been elected to two consecutive terms in office and is expected to run for another term next year.

A controversial referendum last month approved changing the constitution with 94% of the vote to enable him to extend his rule.

The opposition denounced it as a “constitutional coup”.


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