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Man accused of trying to kill Mali’s interim President dies in custody

The Malian government has announced the death of the man, who was accused of trying to kill interim President, Assimi Goita.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that the suspect whose identity has not been revealed, was taken into custody following the assassination attempt at Bamako’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday, July 21.

While 37-year-old 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.

According to AFP, sources said the suspect, who they revealed as a teacher was never presented before judicial authorities.

Commenting on death of the suspect, the government said in a statement on Sunday July 25;

“During investigations… his health deteriorated and he was then hospitalised but unfortunately, he has died.”

The government added that the suspect’s death was not an obstacle to continuing the investigation, “especially since preliminary evidence and intelligence gathered indicate that he was not an isolated element”.

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