BREAKING: Mali interim President, Assimi Goita escapes assassination, full details

BREAKING: Mali interim President, Assimi Goita escapes assassination, full details

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The interim President of Mali, Assimi Goita, survived an assassination attempt while offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital, Bamako on Tuesday.

The Minister of Religious Affairs, Mamadou Kone told AFP news agency that the attacker had “tried to kill the president with a knife” but his plans failed.

Kone said the unfortunate incident happened when an imam was directing worshipers outside the mosque for a ritual animal sacrifice.

He, however, noted that Goita was successfully whisked away while the attacker has been arrested.

Following the development, Goita during a broadcast on state television channel ORTM, announced that he was doing “very well” following the attack.

He said that what happened to him was part of being a leader.

“There are people who at any time may want to try things to cause instability.

“Right now we’re not clear whether the attacker is a member of the armed groups that have been operating in Mali, a military officer or even a civilian who is not happy with the government,” he said.

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