September 27, 2021

Mali: the president of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, targeted by a knife attack

The president of the transition in Mali was the sufferer of an ‘assassination try’. An individual tried, Tuesday, July 20, to stab Colonel Assimi Goïta, throughout the Muslim ceremony of Eid al-Adha, the feast of the Sacrifice, at the Nice Mosque of Bamako.

It was after the prayer and as the imam walked in the direction of the exit of the mosque to slaughter the sheep that the details unfolded.

Requested by AFP on the qualification of the act as an ‘tried assassination’ of the president, his providers replied: ‘Sure, completely.’ ‘We’re investigating. No less than one particular person tried to attack him with a knife at the Grand Mosque in Bamako at this time, ‘the similar supply added, saying’ the president is secure and sound ‘.

Current at the scene, the Minister of Non secular Affairs, Mamadou Koné, informed AFP that a ‘man instantly tried in the Nice Mosque of Bamako to kill the president of the transition with a knife’. However ‘he was properly managed earlier than committing his crime,’ he added.

‘It was after the imam’s prayer and sermon, when the imam was to go and sacrifice his sheep, that the younger man tried to stab Assimi (Goïta) from the again’, confirmed to AFP Latus Tourè , supervisor of the Nice Mosque.

Condemnation of France

The mosque of King Faisal was then emptied of its trustworthy and its environment regained calm about fifteen minutes later, as soon as the president of the transition was taken to the navy headquarters in the garrison city of Kati, about fifteen kilometers away. of Bamako, in response to its providers.

‘I am high quality, nothing has been injured. (…)’, stated Assimi Goïta at noon on the Mali Tv Broadcasting Workplace (ORTM). ‘When you’re a chief, there are at all times discontented individuals, there are individuals who at any time might need to strive issues to destabilize, to strive remoted actions.’

Paris ‘strongly condemns the aggression’, a ‘surprising act which has occurred on a big day of peace and tolerance’, the French embassy in Mali stated on Twitter.

‘France requires serenity for the continuation of the transition to its finish’, in response to the similar supply.

The assailant was arrested, as was a second man, who, in the confusion, was taken for his confederate. It was actually a member of the particular forces, armed with a pistol, that the presidential guard had not acknowledged as such, informed AFP the chief commissioner Sadio Tomoda, of the third police district of Bamako.

The attacker is a ‘instructor’, additionally clarified Commissioner Tomoda, with out additional particulars on his id.

Transition till 2022

In the Nice Mosque, Assimi Goita was seated subsequent to different dignitaries of the regime, as is customary for the ‘large feast’, nicknamed Tabaski in West Africa, earlier than everybody joined their respective households.

The attack befell in a very politically unstable nation in the grip of multifaceted violence since 2012.

This violence, which started with independence after which jihadist rebellions in northern Mali, then unfold to the middle and south of the nation, mingling with inter-community conflicts and villainous assaults in areas the place the affect of the ‘Situation may be very low. The phenomenon has affected neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger for a number of years, the place teams affiliated with Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) additionally function.

Bamako, often comparatively spared in comparison with the relaxation of the nation, has seen jihadist assaults in the previous, and has been the scene of two coups d’état in lower than a 12 months.

The newest, in Might, was led by the similar colonels, led by Colonel Assimi Goïta, as that of August 2020, and resulted in his inauguration as president of the transition.

Former chief of a particular forces battalion, for 9 months he has by no means moved with out his males, hooded and armed with assault rifles. Colonel Goïta and the new authorities, appointed by the junta, assured that they’d maintain the dedication at hand over management to civilians after elections scheduled for February 27, 2022.