The video under captured the moment the interim President of Mali, Assimi Goita, was attacked by a knifeman as he was praying at the mosque in celebration of Eid al-Adha.
The incident reportedly occurred as an imam was directing worshippers exterior the mosque for a ritual animal sacrifice at the Great Mosque in Bamako on Tuesday, July 20.
“The attacker was immediately overpowered by security. Investigations are ongoing,” the presidency stated in a Twitter put up on Tuesday.
The interim chief was whisked away, in accordance with an AFP information company journalist, who additionally stated he noticed blood at the scene, although it was not clear who had been wounded.
Goita introduced afterward Tuesday he was doing “very well” following the assault.
“That’s part of being a leader, there are always malcontents,” he stated in a assertion broadcast on state tv channel ORTM.
“There are people who at any time may want to try things to cause instability,” the president stated.
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Mali has been unsettled since 2012 when the president of a decade Amadou Toumani Touré was ousted during the March 2012 coup d’état. Subsequent presidents haven’t lasted lengthy in workplace since then.
Goita, 38, was sworn into workplace final month regardless of going through a diplomatic backlash over his second energy seize in 9 months.
In August 2020, Colonel Goita had led a army coup that eliminated embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after months of anti-government protests over perceived corruption and the failure to deal with a deteriorating safety disaster that first emerged in 2012.
In late May, Goita, who was serving as Mali’s vice president in a transitional authorities tasked with main the nation again to civilian rule in February 2022, seized energy once more after accusing interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of failing to seek the advice of him about a cupboard reshuffle.