US News Mali: the suspected man to have tried to kill the president dies in detention

04:40  26 july  2021
04:40  26 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des membres des forces de sécurité maliennes détiennent un homme suspecté de tentative d'assassinat du président malien, le 20 juillet 2021 à Bamako © Emmanuel Daou members of the Malian security forces hold a suspected man's assassination of the Malian President on July 20, 2021 in Bamako

The man accused of trying on July 20 to murder with the white weapon the transition president in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goicta, and who had been from the hands of Malian security services, is "deceased", Indicated Sunday night the Malian government.

"In the course of investigations (...), its state of health deteriorated. Admitted to Chu Gabriel Touré, then to the CHU of point G (two hospitals of Bamako, NDLR), it is unfortunately deceased," said The government in a statement read on public television ortm.

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"An autopsy was immediately ordered to determine the causes of his death," according to the statement.

the assailant, whose identity has not been unveiled, had precipitated towards the strong man of Mali during the prayer of Eid al-Adha in the great mosque of Bamako and tried to have a knife shot at the neck.

Colonel Goïta, author of two putschs in less than a year, including the one who overturned on 18 August 2020 President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, had immediately received the support of his bodyguards who had mastered the aggressor. He was released unscathed from the attack.

Images du président de la transition au Mali, le colonel Assimi Goïta, sortant de la Grande mosquée de Bamako avant une tentative d'assassinat le 20 juillet 2021 © Malick Konate Images of the President of the Transition in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, coming out of the Great Mosque of Bamako before an attempted assassination on July 20, 2021

His aggressor, a man of appearance young young dressed in a Jeans and a white shirt, had been apprehended and taken Manu Militari by state security, the Malian intelligence services.

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An investigation was opened "for attempting assassination and infringement of state security", according to the authorities.

The investigations "have highlighted corroborative indices of the above-mentioned offenses," said Sunday the government.

- "Not an isolated element" -

The suspect has not been presented at any time to the judicial authorities, said Sunday night at AFP a judicial source that has requested anonymity.

Carte du Mali localisant la capitale Bamako © Laurence SAUBUDU Map of Mali Locating the capital Bamako

"The Government recalls, however, that its death does not preclude the continuation of the investigation already underway at the prosecutor's office II (of Bamako), especially than The first indices collected and the information collected indicate that it was not an isolated element, "noted the government, which had so far preferred.

Le colonel Assimi Goïta, président par intérim du Mali, le 19 avril 2020 à Bamako © Malik Konate Colonel Assimi Goïta, Acting President of Mali, April 19, 2020 in Bamako

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"When you are leader, there is always Unhappy, there are people who, at any time, may want to try things to destabilize, attempt isolated actions, "said a few hours after his aggression Colonel Goïta, saying to" very well ".

France, by the voice of its embassy in Bamako, had condemned "strongly aggression", a "shocking act occurred from a particular day of peace and tolerance". Paris had called for "serenity for the continuation of the transition until it".

- Bamako generally spared the violence in Mali, who started by independence rebellions and then Jihadiste in the north, were then propagated in the center and south of the country, mingling with intercommunity conflicts and crapful attacks in areas where the influence of the state is very low.

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Bamako, usually relatively spared compared to the rest of the country, has experienced some jihadist attacks and has been the scene of two coups in less than a year.

The last one, in May, was led by the same colonels, conducted by Colonel Assimi Goïta, that of August 2020, and resulted in his investiture as President of the transition.

The soldiers have largely done low hand on power. But Colonel Goïta as the new government, appointed by the military, assured that they would hold the commitment to make orders to civilians after elections scheduled for February 27, 2022.


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