Armed Men Attempt to Stab Mali’s Interim President

Malian interim president Colonel Assimi Goita has survived an assassination attempt at the great mosque in Bamako on Tuesday from two armed men, one of which was wielding a knife.

The attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha as an imam was directing worshippers outside the Great Mosque for a ritual animal sacrifice.

Security officers took Goita away from the scene immediately. 

One journalist saw blood at the scene, although it was unclear who was wounded. The mosque’s director, Latus Toure, said an attacker had lunged at the president but wounded someone else.

Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kone told Agence France-Presse that the assailants had “tried to kill the president with a knife” but were apprehended. A security official who requested anonymity said that two people had been arrested and were now in detention.

Goita later appeared on the state broadcaster ORTM saying that he was doing “very well” after the attack. He added that “investigations are ongoing.”

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