The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, has asked Saudi Arabia to do an exercise of transparency in the investigation of an explosion that occurred last week during the Dakar Rally, which caused serious injuries to a French team pilot, Before "the hypothesis" that a possible terrorist attack could have been treated.
"We have asked the organizers and the Saudi-managers who are very transparent, because there are hypotheses that it could have been a terrorist attack," said Le Drian about the detonation that reached a Sodicars Racing team support vehicle when. He left a hotel in the Saudi city of Yedah and caused serious leg injuries to his driver, Philippe Boutron.
Saudi security agencies concluded on January 1 that "initial test collection procedures did not point to any kind of criminal suspicion," but Boutron colleagues assure that the detonation was due to a bomb placed on the car's lows, What has led to the French Prosecutor's Office to open this past Tuesday of its own anti-terrorist investigation.
"What can cause an explosion under a vehicle if it is not an explosive device? The pump was placed under the pilot's pedal, which explains that Phillipe was the only wounded," the team spokesman, Marie-France Senave.
Le Drian has come to declare that the French Government was about to ask for the cancellation of the event. "In these circumstances, you have to have a lot of caution," he added in statements to the BFM TV network.Updated Date: 07 January 2022, 10:34