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Mali’s Interim President Stabbed in Mosque

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  1. The Interim President of Mali, Assimi Goita has been stabbed by two armed men inside a mosque.

The incident took place on Tuesday in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. The attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Assimi Goita

Assimi Goita

According to AFP, Goita has since been taken from the scene, according to the journalist, who said it was not immediately clear whether he had been wounded. 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.

Colonel Goita led a coup last August, ousting elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after weeks of mass protests over corruption and the long-running jihadist conflict.

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In May, he ousted a transitional government that had been entrusted with the task of leading the country back to civilian rule in February 2022.

He was then named transitional president, but has pledged to keep to the goal for returning to civilian government.

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