Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Talla Sylla, leader of a minor Senegalese opposition party named 'Jëf-Jël' (Reap what you sow), is still in hospital after being attacked Sunday in Dakar by suspected political thugs.
Sylla's condition has been described as stable, according to one of his relatives.
The country's politicians have roundly condemned the attack.
Sylla, 40, was attacked by some unidentified men armed with hammers and knives, while he was leaving a restaurant along with his wife.
A complaint against people unknown for attempted murder, assault and battery has been lodged with the Senegalese judiciary, the source added.
Many observers have linked the attack to the release by Sylla, a few days earlier, of a cassette in which he takes a swipe at President Abdoulaye Wade's rule.
The political class and the civil society, mainly the African Human Rights Rally (RADDHO), have all condemned the attack.
Contacted by PANA, a spokesman of the ruling Democratic Party of Senegalese (PDS), Modou Diagne Fada, also condemned the attack, saying that his party "condemns all forms of violence, whatever the cause or whoever the perpetrators might be.
" The opposition Alliance of Forces for Progress (AFP) of erstwhile Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse issued a statement in which it urged the government to take all the necessary measures to fight against this kind of violence.
"Senegal is a law-abiding State where the freedom of expression, in all its forms, is guaranteed by the Constitution.
Hence, no act of violence committed against some citizens exercising this right, should remain unpunished," the AFP statement said.
Another opposition Party of Independence and Labour (PIT) led by former Minister Amath Dansokho, expressed "indignation and concern" at the incident.
The party plans to call on the Interior and Justice ministers, Amnesty International and the Human Rights League so that tough measures should be undertaken against this type of violence.
For its part, the African Human Rights Rally (RADDHO) denounced the act, expecting a clear condemnation from the highest echelons of the State.
"We are demanding and expecting from the State, at the highest level, to condemn and disapprove this aggression.
(President) Wade must condemn this act," RADDHO Secretary General Alioune Tine declared.
The president has yet to comment on the attack.