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Heavy gunfire erupts in South Sudan capital

President Salva Kiir and his deputy were both at the presidential compound preparing to address the media when sporadic gunfire and artillery was heard outside lasting for around 30 minutes.

By: AFP | Juba | Published: July 8, 2016 9:54:13 pm
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Gunfire erupted at the presidential palace in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Friday.

President Salva Kiir and his deputy, former rebel leader Riek Machar, were both at the presidential compound preparing to address the media when sporadic gunfire and artillery was heard outside lasting for around 30 minutes.

There was confusion as the shooting died down with Kiir telling reporters: “What is happening outside is something we cannot explain to you.”

The shooting occurred a day after five soldiers loyal to Kiir were killed in a shootout with former rebels in Juba.

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