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Malian Interim President Target Of Knife Attack In Assasination Attempt

AFP has reported a stabbing attempt on Mali's interim President during Eid prayers in Bamako.

Malian Interim President, Colonial Assimi Goita, was attacked during Eid prayers, by two armed men, including one wielding a knife, according to AFP news agency.

The attack on Tuesday, July 20 took place during prayers in the great mosque in Mali’s capital, Bamako. 

The President was taken away and is unharmed according to the AFP report.

Colonel Goita, who has previously led the overthrow of two presidents, was sworn in as the country’s interim president in June, after deposing the former caretaker President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane in May. 

The colonel led a coup that removed Mali’s elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020, amid protests.

The colonel was then appointed as President Ndaw’s deputy in the transitional government formed in Sept. to steer the country towards democratic elections.

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