Juba, South Sudan -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/16/2013 -- The South Sudan News (SSN) reports that the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit has imposed a curfew over Juba following heavy gunfire that started early Saturday, December 15, in the city and its suburbs.
The SSN states that the situation though is under control; sporadic gunfire still continues to be heard in some parts of the capital. The curfew, the President says takes immediate effect.
In a press briefing in the early hours of the day, President Kiir called for calm among the citizens while assuring that “the Government is doing all it can to make sure the citizens of South Sudan are secure and safe”.
President Salva Kiir told reporters in the capital city of Juba that his forces were in control following a night of fighting with soldiers from an army faction loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.
“Justice will prevail and those attackers are being pursued,” President Kiir said. “This was an attempted coup but it failed.”
“An unidentified person near Nyakuron Cultural Center released gunshots in the air and escaped,” he said.
“This was followed by an attack at the SPLA general headquarters near Juba University by a group of soldiers allied to the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny and his group,” Kiir said.
The South Sudan News quotes President Kiir: “The attackers fled and your armed forces are pursuing them. I promise you today that justice will prevail.”
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