JUST IN: Man accused of trying to kill president 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 the assassination attempt at Bamako’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday.

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

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”.

“That’s part of being a leader, there are always malcontents,” he said. “There are people who at any time may want to try things to cause instability.”

— AlJazeera


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