Asimi Goita, the Malian Special Forces colonel and interim president, who led two coups in less than a year, was the target of a knife-wielding assailant. The attack took place after Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mali’s capital, Bamako. His office said that Colonel Goita was not hurt in the attack.
Security officials are conducting an investigation into the incident. No motive has been given for the attack yet.
Security officials at the scene overpowered and arrested two potential suspects. In video footage obtained by Reuters, the suspects can be seen being thrown into the back of a military pickup truck. Goita, dressed in a blue robe, can be seen surrounded by his security detail. He appears unhurt.
— Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) July 22, 2021