Mali President Goita targeted by stabbing attack

Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was the target of an attempted stabbing attack during Eid al-Adha prayers at Bamako’s Grand Mosque, the West African nation’s presidency said in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.

“The attacker was immediately overpowered by security. Investigations are ongoing,” the presidency said.

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Two military sources told Reuters that Goita was unharmed following the attack.

Idrissa Kone, a caretaker at the mosque, said he had seen an attacker approach the president and the president and his security guards draw their weapons.

Goita, a 38-year-old special forces colonel, took power in June following his second overthrow of a president in nine months.


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Publish date : 2021-07-20 17:19:13

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