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The attack took place during prayers in the great mosque in the capital, Bamako, amid festivities for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita has been attacked by two armed men, including one who wielded a knife, according to AFP news agency.
The attack on Tuesday took place during prayers in the great mosque in the capital, Bamako, amid festivities for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.
Goita has since been taken from the scene, according to an AFP journalist who witnessed the attack.
The president was sworn into office last month despite facing a diplomatic backlash over his second power grab in nine months.
In August 2020, Goita had led a military coup against embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who faced months of anti-government protests. In late May, Goita, who was serving as Mali’s vice president under transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, seized power again after accusing them of failing to consult him about a cabinet reshuffle.
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