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Westerners should exercise extra caution in South Sudan, due to clashes among armed factions in capital Juba.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

Heavy gunfire has rocked South Sudan capital, Juba, as rival factions of the country’s military clashed, a senior army officer said.

Colonel Philip Aguer, the South Sudan military spokesman, said some military installations in Juba had come under attack from armed soldiers who have since been repulsed.

The officer gave no further details, saying an investigation was under way and that the situation was tense but not likely to deteriorate.

“So far the army is in full control of Juba,” Aguer said.

There has been political tension in the world’s youngest nation since South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar as his deputy in July.

The U.S. embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens exercise extra caution at all times, with particular attention to Juba city and its immediate surroundings.