Mali’s Interim President Attacked by a Knife

Two armed men, including one who wielded a knife, attacked Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita on Tuesday in the Great Mosque in the capital Bamako.

According to multiple reports the attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

The sources further confirmed that an unnamed man was injured. However the attack was targeted at the interim President.

Mali has been struggling to contain an jihadist insurgency that first emerged in the north of the country in 2012, and has since spread to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.

The conflict has also been mirrored by political instability in the capital.

Colonel Goita led a coup last August, ousting elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after weeks of mass protests over corruption and the long-running jihadist conflict.

In May, he ousted a transitional government that had been entrusted with the task of leading the country back to civilian rule in February 2022.

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