“The attacker was immediately overpowered by security. Investigations are ongoing, ”the presidency said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Goita was removed from the scene, according to an AFP news agency reporter, who said it was not immediately clear whether he was injured.
Bamako | July 20, 2021 | #Communicated
Attempted stabbing attack against the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi GOITA at the great mosque of Bamako. The attacker was immediately overpowered by close security.
Investigations are ongoing.
– Mali Presidency (@PresidenceMali) July 20, 2021
A presidential official later told AFP that Goita was “healthy and healthy.” Two military sources also told Reuters that Goita was unharmed after the attack.
The president arrived at the Kati military camp, outside Bamako, “where security has been tightened,” the official said.
Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Koné told the news agency that a man “tried to kill the president with a knife” but was apprehended.
Latus Touré, the director of the Grand Mosque, said an attacker rushed at the president but injured someone else.
The president, 37, was sworn in last month despite a diplomatic reaction to his second takeover in nine months.
In August 2020, Colonel Goita led a military coup that toppled besieged President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after months of anti-government protests against perceived corruption and failure to deal with an unfolding security crisis. worsened in 2012.
At the end of May, Goita, who was vice-president of Mali in a transitional government tasked with returning the country to civilian rule in February 2022, resumed power after accusing interim president Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of not having consulted him on a cabinet reshuffle.