Man attempting to assassinate Mali’s president dies in custody

Man attempting to assassinate Mali’s president dies in custody

 

 

The individual accused of attempting to assassinate Mali’s president during a knife attack at a mosque in Bamako on Tuesday; has died in custody after he was taken to hospital when “his state of health deteriorated.”

During prayers at a service marking the Eid al-Adha holiday in the Bamako Grand Mosque; an attacker attempted to stab Mali’s interim president, Colonel Assimi Goita; before being overpowered by security officers and thrown into a military truck.

 

Goita, unharmed, was quickly surrounded by bodyguards and moved to safety; but another individual who was sitting behind him was injured.

 

A statement released by Mali’s government said that the alleged aggressor had died; after being moved to hospital when “his state of health deteriorated,” with an investigation into the cause of death being conducted.

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As he was participating in prayers, the knife-wielding man approached the country’s leader and tried to stab him in the neck but; according to Mali’s prime minister, Choguel Maiga, Goita’s training as a special forces officer and “instinct helped prevent the aggressor from reaching his objective.

 

While media reports had initially claimed that two individuals were involved in the attempted assassination; only one person was detained and security officers have not suggested that; the other individual is being sought in connection with the attack.

 

Security services described the attack as “an isolated action;” seemingly dismissing potential links to the ongoing insurgency within the country and surrounding Sahel region that has been ongoing for a decade.

 

Mali has been under the control of Colonel Goita since May 2021 after he seized power in a coup.

 

The country’s government has been seeking to reestablish stability in the region, with the support of France.

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