Official: 500 killed, 700 Injured in South Sudan

Created: 12/18/2013 10:23 AM KAALtv.com

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - South Sudan's information minister says at least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed in violence following what the government said was an alleged coup attempt Sunday.

Micheal Makuei Lueth told The Associated Press on Wednesday that some of the victims "were shot in the bushes" around Juba. He cited a report compiled by the minister of defense.

He said up to 700 others had been wounded. He offered no other details, saying he was awaiting more information from the Ministry of Health.

The violence appears to pit soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir against those who are loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

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In this image released by the United Nations Mission Juba, United Nations soldiers stand guard as civilians gather at the compound of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), adjacent to Juba Intern
AP Photo/UNMISS, Rolla Hinedi