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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Heavy artillery and machine gun fire is echoing throughout the capital of South Sudan after violence broke out.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said Wednesday that the fighting broke out over an administrative pay issue but that the problem had been contained.

Fighting, however, could still be heard around the military barracks where violence first broke out in mid-December and escalated into country-wide conflict that continues today.

Soldiers are being quickly ferried around the city on the backs of trucks. Shops on a main street in the city have closed amid a general increase in security personnel.

In Ethiopia, a leader for opposition forces said that mutineers in the army on Wednesday had pledged their allegiance to the country's former vice president, who commands rebel forces.

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