South Sudan

Overnight Gunfire Follows Alleged Coup in South Sudan

President declared a curfew after army headquarters were attacked


Gunfire resumed overnight in South Sudan's capital, where President Salva Kiir had declared an overnight curfew in response to an attack on the army headquarters.

The renewed shooting followed what witnesses said was heavy gunfire that began late Sunday and had subsided by Monday afternoon.

Kiir told reporters Monday that the government foiled a coup attempt and was in "full control" of the security situation in Juba. He said the attack was carried out by forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar. Machar was fired by the president in July.