More Details On How Killers Attacked Malian President At Prayer Ground

 Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was attacked yesterday by two armed men at a mosque in the capital Bamako.

The attackers, including someone who wielded a knife, lunged at Goita during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha.

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

The director of the mosque, Latus Toure, corroborated the story, adding that the assailants wounded someone else instead of the President.

An official at the presidency later said Goita was “safe and sound”.

The official added that the President had arrived at the military camp of Kati, outside the capital, “where security has been reinforced”.

The attempt on Goita’s life followed months of political upheaval in Mali, which has also been battling a jihadist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and created more displaced persons.

Goita was named transitional President last month, following the country’s second coup in less than a year.

He has, however, pledged to return the country to civilian rule.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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