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Malian Interim President Doing ‘Very Well’ After Stabbing Attack

Security personnel escort an alleged attacker (C) from The Grand Fayçal Mosque in Bamako on July 20, 2021, after two assailants attempted to stab Mali’s interim transitional President Colonel Assimi Goita during Eid al-Adha prayers at the mosque in the Malian capital.

 

 

Mali’s interim leader Colonel Assimi Goita announced on national television that he is doing “very well” following an attempt on his life in the capital Bamako on Tuesday.

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“That’s part of being a leader, there are always malcontents,” he said in a statement broadcast on state channel ORTM. “There are people who at any time may want to try things to cause instability”.

 

Two armed men, including one who wielded a knife, attacked Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita during prayers in the great mosque in the capital Bamako.

 

The attack took place during festivities for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. The president has since been taken from the scene, according to the journalist.

 

Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kone told AFP that a man had “tried to kill the president with a knife” but was apprehended.

 

Latus Toure, the director of the Great Mosque, said an attacker had lunged for the president but wounded someone else.

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