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Mali Opens Probe Into Attempted Assassination Of Interim President Assimi Goita

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Authorities in Mali on Wednesday said they had opened a probe into an attempt to assassinate strongman interim president Assimi Goita,

Goita was the figure behind two coups in less than a year in the Sahelian country.

Prosecutor Bourama Kariba Konate said in a statement that an inquiry has been opened “to shed light on the event.”

The suspect has been described only as a teacher but most of his identity has not been revealed.

He remained in custody on Wednesday while police interviewed witnesses, commissioner Sadio Tomoda told AFP.

Bamako was calm after the assault, according to AFP journalists. Wednesday was a public holiday to mark the Eid Muslim festival.

The attack capped months of political turmoil in Mali.

Goita, a special forces colonel in his late thirties, staged a coup last August that ousted elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after weeks of protests over graft and rising insecurity arising from jihadist insurgency in the north.

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