Category: Mali

Suspect in Attack on Mali’s President Dies in Custody

BAMAKO, Mali—A man detained for attempting to stab Mali’s transitional president last week has died in a hospital while in custody, the government said. The attempted stabbing of Col. Assimi Goita was on July 20 at a public ceremony at the Great Mosque in the capital, Bamako, to celebrate the Muslim holiday of sacrifice, Eid […]

French Army Says It Has Killed Two ‘Terrorists’ in Mali

PARIS—The French army has killed two members of the EIGS “terrorist” group, which France says has links to the ISIS terrorist group, in Mali, French armed forces minister Florence Parly said on Thursday. Parly’s statement said the operation had taken place overnight in the Menaka region in co-ordination with the U.S. army. “This latest operation […]

Mali’s President Says He Was Unharmed in Stabbing Attempt

BAMAKO, Mali—Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita said he was unharmed after a man tried to stab him Tuesday at the Grand Mosque in the capital amid celebrations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Goita, a special forces colonel who staged two coups within nine months to become the transitional leader, spoke to the West […]

Three Chinese, Two Mauritanians Kidnapped from Construction Site in Northern Mali

BAMAKO—Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment and took hostages, the army said. The raid took place 34 miles from the town of Kwala, a regular transit point for companies moving through Mali’s desert north, the army said […]