Leader of Mali’s transition government Col Assimi Goita escaped from a single attacker with a knife at the Great Mosque of Bamako Tuesday morning.
Goita had just finished prayers after the sermon of the Imam to mark the Muslim rite of Eid al adha when the attempted attack occurred.
The yet unidentified attacker waited until Goita had passed him tried to stab him in the back, but was immediately overpowered and arrested by Goita’s security detail. Unconfirmed reports indicate that one of the security detail was injured in the brief scuffle.
Col Goïta declared himself interim president two days after seizing power in Mali’s second coup in nine months.. He also led the first coup last August, which saw the elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta forced out of office.
Since then, Goita has had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with France with the latter suspending military support to fight Jihadists that have plagued Mali for years.
Goita has been expressly anti-France and has elected to work more closely with Russia to the chagrin of Macron.
DNT News Bamako with Correspondence from Julius Ouya