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W. African group probes attack on Mali president
West Africa's regional bloc wants to know who's responsible for attack on Mali's president
By The Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ' West Africa's regional bloc says it will investigate who is responsible for allowing Monday's attack on Mali's president to happen.

The Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, expressed surprise that an attack could take place at the presidential palace where security is usually tight. ECOWAS said protests that led to the attack must have been organized by forces wanting to disrupt a return to constitutional rule in Mali.

Interim President Dioncounda Traore suffered a head wound and was taken to a hospital. Traore was released from the hospital later in the day.



Military officers toppled Mali's democratically elected president on March 21. West African leaders have been pressuring them to return the country to civilian rule.


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