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Foreign Minister: Attempted coup in South Sudan
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In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 photo, South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends during a ceremony for Kenya's 50th independence anniversary in Nairobi, Kenya.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 photo, South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends during a ceremony for Kenya's 50th independence anniversary in Nairobi, Kenya.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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NAIROBI: A South Sudanese official says a group of disgruntled soldiers and politicians led by a former vice president have attempted to overthrow the government.

South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Monday some troops within the main army base raided the weapons store and were repulsed. Benjamin says casualties from fighting Monday morning are still unknown.

He says some politicians have been arrested but could not confirm if former Vice President Riek Machar, who he said led the attempt, was among them.

The president has ordered a dawn to dusk curfew. Tension has been mounting in the world's youngest nation since South Sudan President Salva Kiir fired Machar as his deputy in July. Machar has expressed a willingness to contest the presidency in 2015.

 
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