Mali’s President targeted in assassination attempt – knifeman attacks | World | News
According to reports, there was an attempted assassination of Mali’s interim president, Assimi Goïta. The attempted attack reportedly happened at the great mosque in Bamako. One person is believed to have been arrested.
The attack came during the Tabaski celebrations in the capital.
President Goïta was taken away and did not appear to have been affected, according to AFP.
Latus Tourè, manager of the great mosque, said: “It was after the imam’s prayer and sermon, or when the imam should go and sacrifice his sheep, that the young man tried to stab Assimi [Goïta] from behind, but [it is] another person. who was injured.”
A source close to the President told AFP: “We are investigating.
“At least one person tried to attack him with a knife at the Grand Mosque in Bamako today.
“The President is safe and sound.”
When asked whether the attack was considered to be an “assassination attempt”, the source said: “Yes, absolutely.”
The Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamdou Kone, said a “man immediately tried in the great mosque of Bamako to kill the president with a knife”.
The assassination attempt came during the Eid al-Adha – Arabic for the Festival of the Sacrifice.
It is the latter of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam.
It honours the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God’s command.
Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.
The Minister said he “was well controlled before committing his package”.
Back in May, the military in Mali arrested interim President Ba Ndau and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and took them to the Kati army base.
At the time, Mr Goita – who was vice-president – said he relieved the president and prime minister of their duties for violating the transitional charter.
A military council headed by Mr Goita took over the country.
More to follow…