The Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki, merely escaped a serious assassination attempt by members of the Eritrean Defence Forces on the 13th August 2009, around 4:00 PM, on Asmara-Massawa road, an area called Mai Atal, according to Assenna.com sources from Asmara.
A former combatant of the Eritrean war for independence, freedom fighter, First Lieutenant Daniel Habte Yihdego, who was at the forefront of the assassination plot, has been killed on spot after an exchange of fire with the president’s bodyguards. The President’s vehicle has been damaged with several sniper shots. Daniel, who was also a student of EPLF’s boarding school known as ‘Bet Timhrti Sewra’ (Revolution School), before joining the regular liberation army, was 43.
Following the unsuccessful attempt on his life, President Isaias Afewerki is in ‘a state of shock and panic’ that he couldn’t differentiate between friends and foe, say our sources in Asmara.
President Isaias Afewerki, who was hailed in the early 1990s as the ‘hope for Africa’ among a few leaders of the continent has turned into a ‘new African dictator’ and is being disliked by the people whom he tried but failed to liberate. He has never held a single election in the 18 post-independence years of the country. Though he faced criticisms including from senior ministers and generals in his own government, the local press and the general public for his authoritarian rule and holding-up democratic transformation, he locked-up everyone who dared to speak against him. He is also believed to have been involved in several regional troubles including Somalia.