16 Dec 2008

Mugabe ally survives assassination attempt

9:45 pm on 16 December 2008

A Zimbabwean military commander and ally of President Robert Mugabe was shot in an assassination attempt at the weekend.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi has told state media that the attack that wounded Air Force Commander Perence Shiri appeared to be part of attacks against high-profile figures designed to destabilise the country.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change alleges that Commander Shiri and several other military officers led a violent election run-off campaign in June.

He was shot on the way to his farm, which was seized from a white farmer in 2000.

He escaped with a gunshot wound and is recovering at a Harare hospital.