South Sudan Rebuffs Coup Attempt

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Was it a coup attempt or just skirmishes between troops in the world's newest country?

South Sudan President Salva Kiir says disgruntled citizens aligned with the former vice president led an unsuccessful attack against military headquarters this week.

Kiir tried to restore calm to his nation Tuesday during a live television broadcast.

"I'd like to inform you all my dear citizens that your government is in full control of the security situation in Juba... I promise you today that justice will prevail," Kiir said.

The South Sudan president imposed a mandatory curfew in the capital city of Juba and said government troops are pursuing the attackers.

The Southern Sudanese resisted Khartoum's Islamization efforts for more than 20 years, does this mean southerners are now going to fight one another? CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane answers this and more on CBN Newswatch, Dec. 18.

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