Mali strongman, leader of two coups, survives knife attack

Malian strongman Colonel Assimi Goita survived an assassination attempt at a mosque in Bamako in the latest blow to stability in a country reeling from two military coups in less than a year.An assailant wielding a knife attacked Goita after prayers at the capital’s Grand Mosque for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, on Tuesday.Goita, a special forces colonel who was named transitional president in May, was quickly whisked away by security.The journalist saw blood at the scene, although it…


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