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Attackers try to attack Mali interim president

A Mali presidential official said on Tuesday that interim leader Asimi Goita was “safe and sound” after being attacked by armed men during a religious ceremony in the capital Bamako.

The official said Goita had reached the military camp in Kati outside Bamako, where security has been beefed up.

An AFP journalist saw two armed men, including a knife-wielder, attack Goita at the Great Mosque in the capital Bamako.

The attack took place during the prayers of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kon told AFP that a man “tried to kill the president with a knife” but was caught.

Great Mosque director Letus Toure said one attacker had jumped for the president but injured someone else.

AFP was not immediately able to confirm the accounts.

Mali is struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency that first emerged in the north of the country in 2012, and has since spread to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.

The conflict has also been characterized by political instability in the capital.

Colonel Goita led the coup last August, ousting elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after massive protests over corruption and the long-running jihadist conflict.

In May, he removed a transitional government that was tasked with bringing the country back to civilian rule in February 2022.

He was then named transitional president, but has vowed to maintain the goal of returning to civilian government.

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