Mali’s transitional president, Colonel Assimi Goïta has survived an assassination attempt during Eid rites at the Grand Mosque of Bamako. Authorities reveal that, the assassins ended up hurting a different person instead of the President.
Latus Tourè, manager of the mosque narrated that, “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.”
The incident was confirmed by Colonel Goïta’s security officials who assured that, investigations are underway to identify the master brains behind the plot. “We are conducting the investigation. 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