During Eid al-Adha prayers, the President was attacked by unidentified shooters. An AFP correspondent witnessed two armed men, one of whom held a knife, attack Mali’s temporary president Assimi Goita on Tuesday in the great mosque in the capital Bamako, according to NgTimes.
The attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.
Goita has since been taken from the scene, according to the journalist, who said it was not immediately clear whether he had been wounded.
Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kone told AFP that a man had “tried to kill the president with a knife” but was apprehended.
Latus Toure, the director of the Great Mosque, said an attacker had lunged for the president but wounded someone else.
The accounts were not immediately confirmed by AFP.
Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency that began in the country’s northwestern region in 2012 and has now spread to Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and citizens have been slain, and many more have been forced to flee their homes.
Political instability in the capital has been paralleled by the conflict.
After weeks of large protests against corruption and the long-running terrorist conflict, Colonel Goita orchestrated a coup in August, deposing elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
He deposed a transitional administration in May, which had been tasked with returning the country to civilian authority in February 2022.
He was named temporary president after that, but he has vowed to stick to the goal of returning to civilian rule.