Juba, 7 September 2020; A very senior National Salvation Front (NAS) Commander, Major General Max Marli Lino Azo narrowly survived an assassination attempt on his life and those of his immediate bodyguards, this publication has learned from reliable sources.
The assassination attempt on General Max Lino has happened on Saturday 05 September 2020, early in the morning, on the eastern bank of river Nile, in Southern Bari. A reliable source said the assassination attempt happened as Gen Max Lino Azo and his bodyguards were boarding a boat to cross to the western side of the Nile, wherefrom they will travel further west to meet with fellow senior officers, to hold strategy meeting.
According to our very reliable source in southern Bari, when Gen Max who hails from the Madi tribe who is the only most senior NAS general who hails from Eastern Equatoria state with six of his bodyguards, and a couple of other officers just boarded the boat, one of the members of the team who was without a gun suddenly forcefully grabbed a gun from one of Gen Max Lino’s bodyguards and opened fire on those in the boat, seriously wounding three officers. Luckily for those in the boat, the gun had only four rounds of bullets.
Whilst those men in the boat were trying to take cover, the assassin to be, seeing his gun has no more bullets quickly ran into the thick bush and disappeared.
Though the motive of the assassination attempt was still being investigated, what came to light was that the man who attempted the life of Gen Max Lino came from Bilinyan, Southern Bari.
According to the preliminary investigation, he was a military officer with SSPDF, who came to NAS two weeks ago, on a pretext that he defected from the government army.
However, an investigator with NAS who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said that the man was sent by the government to avenge the death of six bodyguards of Vice President James Wani Igga, who were killed three weeks ago, and the leadership of NAS claimed the responsibility of their death.
This is a developing story. By the time of conducting this interview with our trusted informer in Southern Bari, the investigation on the assassination attack was still going on. Please stay tuned for updates.
Justin S. Kwaje
South Sudan Liberty senior reporter