Two armed men, including one wielding a knife, attacked Mali’s interim president Assimi Goïta on Tuesday in the Great Mosque in the capital Bamako.
The attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, an AFP journalist who witnessed the event said.
Colonel Goita [C] led a coup last August, ousting elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Getty Images
Goïta 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.