The Malian government announced the death of the man accused of the attempted murder of the transitional President of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, under detention by the Malian security services.
“During the investigations, the health status (of the suspect) deteriorated. Admitted to the Gabriel Touré hospital and later to the Point G hospital, he unfortunately died,” according to a statement from the Malian government, broadcast on public television ORTM, quoted by the agency Portuguese.
“An autopsy was ordered immediately to determine the cause of death,” he added.
The attacker, whose identity was not disclosed, tried on Tuesday to stab Colonel Goita during the Muslim prayer of Eid al-Adha, in the great mosque of Bamako. This was immediately protected by the bodyguards, who overpowered the attacker. The strongman from Mali was unharmed from the attack.
The attacker was arrested and an investigation was opened for “attempted murder and an attempt on state security”, the authorities indicated.
“The government recalls that the death (of the suspect) does not prevent the continuation of the investigation already underway (…) since the first evidence gathered indicates that it is not an isolated element”, added the authorities, who until now had not privileged any hypothesis.
Goita, author of two coups d’etat in less than a year in Mali, currently holds the country’s presidency for a 18 month transitional period, which ends in February, following an agreement reached between the Malian coup leaders and the Community of West African States (ECOWAS).