Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita targeted in a knife attack at Bamako mosque

An imam was leading worshipers just outside of the mosque for a ceremonial animal sacrifice when the incident took place

Following Eid al-Adha prayers at the Grand Mosque in Bamako, Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was the victim of an attempted knife attack.

According to an AFP news agency correspondent, Goita was taken away, and blood was seen at the scene, though it was uncertain who had been harmed.

Later, a presidential spokesman told AFP that Goita was safe and sound. The president stopped at the Kati military base outside of Bamako, where security has been enhanced, according to the spokesman.

The presidency further confirmed the well being of Goita via their Twitter page by tweeting

The attacker was immediately overpowered by security. Investigations are ongoing

An imam was leading worshipers just outside of the mosque for a ceremonial animal sacrifice when the incident took place.

According to Religious Affairs Minister, Mamadou Kone, while briefing the press about what transpired, he said

A man tried to assassinate the president with a knife, who was arrested.

The director of the Great Mosque, Latus Toure, said a perpetrator reached the president but harmed someone else.

Amid public condemnation for his second power grab in nine months, Goita, 37, was elected into office last month.

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