Madagascar President Survives Reported Assassination Attempt

© REUTERS / LUC GNAGOMadagascar's President Andry Rajoelina attends a meeting to discuss the 20th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast July 15, 2021
Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina attends a meeting to discuss the 20th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast July 15, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.07.2021
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Several foreigners, including two Frenchmen, have been detained in connection with the foiled assassination attempt, AFP reported on Thursday.
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has survived an assassination attempt, AFP reported citing the country's prosecution office.
Several "foreigners and residents of Madagascar" have been detained as part of an investigation into the attempted assassination.
According to the news agency's diplomatic source, two French nationals were among those detained as part of the probe.
© AP Photo / Themba HadebeAndry Rajoelina campaigning for the presidency during the 2018 election in Madagascar
Andry Rajoelina campaigning for the presidency during the 2018 election in Madagascar - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
Andry Rajoelina campaigning for the presidency during the 2018 election in Madagascar
RFI radio reported that the detained foreigners were Paul Rafanoharana, a Franco-Malagasy individual, and Philippe Francois, a Frenchman. According to the media outlet's anonymous source, Rafanoharana was arrested at his home Tuesday evening, while Francois was detained at Ivato Airport as he was about to leave for France.
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