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Mauritanian President Aziz recovers in Paris
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In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, handout photo released by the Mauritanian government news agency AMI (Agence Mauritanienne de l'Information), Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recovers at the Ksar Military Hospital in Noukchott, Mauritania before being evacuated to France for further treatment for a gunshot wound sustained to the arm. (AP Photo/Agence Mauritanienne de l'Information)
In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, handout photo released by the Mauritanian government news agency AMI (Agence Mauritanienne de l'Information), Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recovers at the Ksar Military Hospital in Noukchott, Mauritania before being evacuated to France for further treatment for a gunshot wound sustained to the arm. (AP Photo/Agence Mauritanienne de l'Information)
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NOUAKCHOTT: A family member says Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who was injured in a "friendly fire" shooting Saturday, is recovering rapidly at a French military hospital in Paris.

Mana Abdel Aziz, the president's sister, told The Associated Press that the leader is doing well and could be released Monday evening. She says her brother told her over the phone that doctors at Percy hospital plan to release him soon.

The 55-year-old Aziz had surgery in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, over the weekend after being hit by a bullet when Mauritanian soldiers accidentally fired on his car 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital. Aziz was travelling in a single car, not in the presidential convoy, and the car did not stop when the army fired warning shots.

 
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