South Sudan opposition head Riek Machar denies coup bid

Mr Kiir's government said its forces were in control of all cities, but he has offered to talk to Mr Machar.


Mr Kiir said a group of soldiers supporting Mr Machar had tried to take power by force on Sunday night but were defeated.

He said the clashes began when uniformed personnel opened fire at a meeting of the governing party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

But Mr Machar told the BBC World Service's Newsday programme on Wednesday: "There was no attempted coup."