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Mali president’s assassination attempt suspect dies in custody

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A man accused of trying to kill Mali’s military strongman Assimi Goita, the figure behind two coups in less than a year, has died in custody.

The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was taken into custody following an assassination attempt at Bamako’s Grand Mosque last week.

“During investigations… his health deteriorated” and he was then hospitalised but “unfortunately, he has died,” the government said in a statement.

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A man armed with a knife lunged at Goita after Eid prayers on Tuesday, according to an AFP news agency reporter at the scene.

Goita was whisked away by his security officials and later appeared on state TV to say he was doing “very well”.

His attacker, a young-looking man dressed in jeans and a white shirt, was apprehended at the scene and taken away by the Malian intelligence services.

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His identity was not revealed, but commissioner Sadio Tomoda said that he was a teacher, without elaborating.

Prosecutors had opened an inquiry into the incident.—Al jazeera

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