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Armed clashes erupt in South Sudan's capital

English.news.cn   2013-12-16 16:47:50            

KHARTOUM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Violent clashes erupted late Sunday night in Juba, capital of South Sudan, between two groups both belonging to the presidential guard, according to the military.

"Violent clashes took place at the old military barracks in Juba town late Sunday night," South Sudanese army's spokesman Philip Aguer told Xinhua.

"We are still investigating the details and will soon announce the facts relating to the incident," he added.

Aguer gave no details on casualties in the incident, saying: " Yes, there were casualties, but presently we do not have accurate details."

"The clashes ... occurred when one group dominated by Nuer got suspicious about the deployment of the other group dominated by the Dinka," local media Sudan Tribune reported, adding their arguments into deadly clashes.

It further said the situation is now calm but fears prevails that it may escalate as soldiers have been deployed in various strategic locations.

The South Sudanese army requested the residents of the capital to stay indoors until the situation is completely under control, it added.

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