A statement from the Malian government on Sunday July 25th, 2021 revealed that, the man accused of a failed attempt to kill the country’s transitional Military leader, Colonel Assimi Goïta has died in custody. “His health deteriorated” in custody and he was then hospitalized. “Unfortunately, he has died,” the government said.
It was earlier reported that, Colonel Assimi Goïta survived the assassination attempt during Eid rites at the Grand Mosque of Bamako. According to Authorities at the Mosque, the assassin, now deceased missed target and injured a different person in the process.
“It was after the prayer and the sermon of the imam, when the imam should normally go to immolate his sheep, that the young man tried to stab Assimi (Goïta) from behind, but it was another person who got injured.” Latus Tourè, manager of the mosque narrated.
Colonel Goïta’s security officials also added that, “at least one person tried to attack him with a knife at the Grand Mosque in Bamako today,” an official said.
The country’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamadou Kone also told reporters that, “a man immediately tried to kill the President of the transition with a knife in the Great Mosque of Bamako but he was well controlled before committing his crime.”
National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the group led by Colonel Assimi Goïta seized power in Mali two consecutive times in less than a year, citing mismanagement and corruption as the major contributory factors.
Colonel Goïta has since the second coup been leading the transitional council with a promise to hand over to a democratically elected president in February 27, 2022.