Mubarak tightly guarded at AU Abuja summit

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who survived an assassination attempt during an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit some 10 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has an extra-ordinary tight security at the ongoing mid-term assembly of African Union (AU) leaders in Abuja.
   The Egyptian leader, who arrived in the Nigerian capital Saturday for his first AU/OAU meeting since the 1995 incident, was tightly guarded by armed Egyptian security men in dark goggles, who brushed aside their Nigerian counterparts to form a ring round the visiting President as he arrived at the International Conference Centre venue of the two-day summit on Sunday.
   While most of the other Heads of State rode to the venue in two luxury buses, Mubarak was among the very few who came in their allocated luxury Sedan cars, apparently for enhanced security.
   Meanwhile, a security cordon has been thrown around Abuja for the summit, with a police helicopter keeping aerial surveillance.

30 january 2005 17:05:00




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