Two people tried, Tuesday, July 20, in the morning, to stab the president of the transition in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta. The facts occurred during the Muslim rite of Eid el-Adha, the feast of the Sacrifice, at the great mosque of Bamako, noted a journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP).
It was after the prayer and while the imam was heading towards the exit of the mosque to slaughter the sheep that the facts unfolded. President Goïta was then taken away and did not appear to have been touched, according to AFP. Asked by AFP on the qualification of the act as a “Assassination attempt” of the president, his services replied: ” Yes quite “.
“We are investigating. At least one person tried to attack him with a knife at the Grand Mosque in Bamako that day ”, added the same source, claiming that “The president is safe and sound”.
The assailant under control
Present at the scene, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamadou Koné, explained that a “A man immediately tried in the great mosque of Bamako to kill the president of the transition with a knife”. More “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 behind, but another person was injured ”, confirmed to AFP Latus Tourè, manager of the great mosque.
Mali has been the scene of two coups d’état in less than a year. Both, in August and then in May, were led by the same army colonels, led by Colonel Assimi Goïta, who has since become president of the transition.
This former head of a special forces battalion has never moved for nine months without his men, hooded and armed with assault rifles. Colonel Goïta and the new government, appointed by the junta, assured that they would keep the commitment to hand over control to civilians after elections scheduled for February 27, 2022.