Mali’s President Says He Was Unharmed in Stabbing Attempt

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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 African nation in a special television broadcast. “It was an isolated incident that has been brought under control,” he said, saying that he is “fine and no one has been hurt.” Goita called for national unity in the face of challenges. “When you are a leader, when you command people, there are some who are discontented,” he said. “There are people who try to do these kinds of things to destabilize.” The attempted stabbing happened after the holiday prayers and sermon at the mosque and the imam went to slaughter the sheep, according to witnesses. …

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