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

NAIROBI Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:00am EST

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses a news conference regarding floods in six of its 10 states which have displaced thousands, inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses a news conference regarding floods in six of its 10 states which have displaced thousands, inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013.

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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)

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