Mali: failed “assassination attempt” of transitional president during Eid prayer



It was after the prayer of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of the Sacrifice, that the facts unfolded. As the imam walked out of the mosque to slaughter the sheep, two people attempted to stab Mali’s transitional president, Assimi Goïta.

→ PORTRAIT. Assimi Goïta, twice putschist and president of Mali

Present at the scene, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamadou Koné, explained that a “Man immediately tried in the Great Mosque of Bamako to kill the president of the transition with a knife”. But “He was well mastered before committing his forfeit”, he added. “It was after the imam’s prayer and sermon, when the imam should go and sacrifice his sheep, that the young man tried to stab Assimi (Goïta) from the back, but it was another person who been injured “, confirmed the manager of the mosque.

The mosque of King Faisal was then emptied of its faithful and its surroundings regained, about fifteen minutes later, calm once the president of the transition was taken to the military headquarters, in the garrison town of Kati, at one point. fifteen kilometers from Bamako.

Elections scheduled for February 27, 2022

Former leader of a special forces battalion, Colonel Goïta is the author of two putschs in less than a year, including the one that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on August 18, 2020. Since his inauguration as transitional president, the military have largely taken over power.

But Colonel Goïta like the new government, appointed by the military, assured that they would keep the commitment to return orders to civilians after elections scheduled for February 27, 2022.

At midday, he reassured the Malians of his general condition, declaring on national television, Ortm, that he was ” very good “.

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