Bamako, Mali — Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita is unharmed after a man attempts to stab him at the capital’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday during the celebration of Eid al-Adha’s Islamic holiday. Said.
Goita, a special forces colonel who staged two coups within nine months to become an interim leader, spoke to a West African country on a special television broadcast.
“It was an isolated incident under control,” he said, “he’s fine and no one is injured.”
Goita sought national unity in the face of challenges.
“Some people are dissatisfied when you command people when you are a leader,” he said. “There are people who try to do this kind of thing to make it unstable.”
According to witnesses, the stab wound attempt occurred after a holiday prayer and a sermon at the mosque, and Imam went to slaughter the sheep. According to witnesses, a man with a knife and a man with a gun joined the attack. Goita’s security team immediately took him away and two men were arrested, they said.
This attempted attack on the interim president comes as Mali recently saw several attacks by Jihadis in the central part of the country.
Goita came to power in August 2020 by defeating Mali’s democratically elected president Ibrahim Bubakar Keita, only two years after re-election. Goita finally agreed with civilian president Bah Ndaw and a provisional government led by the prime minister. He served as Interim Vice President. Then, on May 24, he expelled those private leaders after announcing a cabinet reshuffle that set aside two junta supporters without consulting him.
After that, Goita became president of the interim government in June. He promised to get the country on track to return to civilian rule in the February 2022 elections.
Mali has been unstable since 2012, when rebel soldiers defeated the 10-year president. The power vacuum led to an Islamic rebellion that dominated cities in the northern part of the country, including Timbuktu and Gao. A French-led campaign expelled Jihad from northern cities in 2013.
The peace agreement was signed in 2015 by the government, a coalition of groups seeking autonomy in northern Mali, and pro-government militias.
However, the militants soon reorganized into the desert area and launched frequent attacks on the Malian Army and its allies. Al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorist group militants have moved from the dry north to the more populous Central Mali since 2015, where their presence has stimulated hostility and violence between ethnic groups.