According to AFP, two people tried to stab the president of the transition in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, during the Muslim rite of Eid al-Adha, the feast of the Sacrifice, at the Grand Mosque in Bamako. He would not have been hurt.
According to AFP, two people attempted on the morning of July 20 to stab the president of the transition in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, during the Muslim rite of Eid al-Adha (the feast of the Sacrifice) at the Great Bamako mosque.
Assimi Goïta was then taken away and did not seem to have been touched, according to AFP’s finding. “It was after the imam’s prayer and sermon, or when the imam should go and sacrifice his sheep that the young man tried to stab Assimi [Goïta] from behind, but [c’est] another person who was injured ”, confirmed to AFP Latus Tourè, rector of the great mosque.
Asked by AFP on the qualification of the act as an “assassination attempt” of the president, his services replied: “Yes, absolutely”.
“We are investigating. At least one person tried to attack him with a knife at the Grand Mosque in Bamako today, ”added the same source, saying“ the president is safe and sound ”.
Present at the scene, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamadou Koné, told AFP that a “man [avait] tried immediately in the Great Mosque of Bamako to kill the president of the transition with a knife ”. But “he was well controlled before committing his package,” he added.
Mali has been the scene of two coups in less than a year. Both, in August and then in May, were carried out by the same army colonels, led by Colonel Assimi Goïta, who has since become president of the transition. Former leader of a special forces battalion, he has never moved for nine months without his men, hooded and armed with assault rifles.
Colonel Goïta and the new government, appointed by the military, assured that they would keep the commitment to hand over control to civilians after elections scheduled for February 27, 2022.