South Sudan president says troops allied to sacked vice president behind fighting

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 4:59 AM
South Sudan president says troops allied to sacked vice president behind fighting

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan's president blamed on Monday soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, who he sacked in July, for starting fighting in the capital Juba overnight, adding the government was now in control of the situation.

Flanked by ministers and wearing combat fatigues rather than his usual civilian clothes, Kiir declared an overnight curfew in Juba effective from Monday night. The curfew would run each night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., he said.

(Reporting by Carl Odera; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by John Stonestreet)