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MALI’S INTERIM PRESIDENT ATTACKED DURING EID PRAYERS

Mali’s Interim President, Assimi Goita, was attacked by two armed men on Tuesday at a mosque in the capital Bamako during the Eid Prayers.

The attackers, which included one who wielded a knife, lunged at the President during prayers.

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

Latus Toure, the Director of the Mosque, also corroborated the story while 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 follows 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.

Goita has pledged to return the country to civilian rule as soon as possible.

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