Mali’s temporary President Assimi Goita was the target of a stabbing attempt in Bamako’s Grand Mosque during Eid al-Adha prayers on Tuesday, the West African country’s presidency said in a post on Twitter.
“The intruder was quickly thwarted by security. Investigations are still underway “According to the presidency.
According to two military sources, Goita was uninjured as a result of the attack.
A caretaker at the mosque, Idrissa Kone, said he saw an attacker approach the president and his security officers draw their rifles.
Goita, a 38-year-old special forces colonel, seized power in June after overthrowing a president for the second time in nine months.