Dakar, Senegal – (African Boulevard News) – The leader of the opposition Pastef party, Ousmane Sonko, has reportedly been targeted in an assassination attempt involving the use of poison gas. During a press conference on Monday, May 1st, Mr. Sonko revealed that laboratory tests confirmed that he had been sprayed with a “toxic and lethal” chemical gas.
According to the politician, he had previously reported feeling unwell after tear gas was used on him during a rally in mid-March. However, after undergoing tests at a local laboratory, it was discovered that he had been exposed to a far more dangerous substance. Mr. Sonko stated that the gas was “more lethal than mustard gas”, which was used during World War I.
The news of the assassination attempt has sent shockwaves through the political landscape of Senegal. Sonko is a charismatic and popular figure, and his Pastef party has gained significant support in recent years.
The incident has also raised concerns over the safety of politicians in the country, particularly those who are critical of the ruling government. Several opposition leaders and activists have been arrested or harassed by authorities in recent months, leading to accusations of authoritarianism and a crackdown on dissent.
In response to the incident, several prominent figures have expressed their support for Mr. Sonko, including the Senegalese Bar Association, which issued a statement condemning the “cowardly attack” and calling for a full investigation.
The Senegalese government has also condemned the alleged assassination attempt, with Prime Minister Mohamed Dionne stating that “we must ensure the safety of all our citizens, especially those who are in the public eye”.
The incident has also drawn international attention, with several foreign governments expressing concern over the safety of politicians and activists in Senegal. The European Union has called for a “full and transparent investigation” into the matter, while the United States has urged all parties to “exercise restraint and pursue a peaceful and democratic resolution”.
As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the attack. However, Mr. Sonko has vowed to continue his political campaign, stating that “we will not be intimidated by these cowardly actions”.