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Egyptian intelligence coordinated with Khartoum to assassinate S. Sudan’s Kiir: cable

June 19, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – The Saudi embassy in Khartoum informed their government that they have received information on a joint plot by the Egyptian and Sudanese intelligence to assassinate South Sudan president Salva Kiir.

Wikileaks published on Friday more than 60,000 diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia and said on its website it would release half a million more in the coming weeks.

According to one of the cables, the embassy was made aware of three Egyptian intelligence officers who were dispatched by Cairo and are staying in Garden City neighbourhood.

The goal is to formulate a plan with Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to assassinate Kiir and an unidentified number of his aides, the undated cable said.

The leaked cable about the joint assassination plot against Kiir was issued by the foreign ministry in Riyadh and addressed to the royal palace.

No other details were given in the cable signed by former Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal.

(ST)